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A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1   By: (1832-1914)

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A HISTORY

OF

ART IN CHALDÆA & ASSYRIA

FROM THE FRENCH OF GEORGES PERROT,

PROFESSOR IN THE FACULTY OF LETTERS, PARIS; MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE, AND CHARLES CHIPIEZ.

ILLUSTRATED WITH FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY TWO ENGRAVINGS IN THE TEXT AND FIFTEEN STEEL AND COLOURED PLATES.

IN TWO VOLUMES. VOL. I.

TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY WALTER ARMSTRONG, B.A., Oxon.,

AUTHOR OF "ALFRED STEVENS," ETC.

[Illustration]

London: CHAPMAN AND HALL, Limited. New York: A. C. ARMSTRONG AND SON. 1884.

London: R. CLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR, BREAD STREET HILL.

PREFACE.

In face of the cordial reception given to the first two volumes of MM. Perrot and Chipiez's History of Ancient Art, any words of introduction from me to this second instalment would be presumptuous. On my own part, however, I may be allowed to express my gratitude for the approval vouchsafed to my humble share in the introduction of the History of Art in Ancient Egypt to a new public, and to hope that nothing may be found in the following pages to change that approval into blame.

W. A.

October 10, 1883.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

THE GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CHALDÆO ASSYRIAN CIVILIZATION.

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§ 1. Situation and Boundaries of Chaldæa and Assyria 1 8

§ 2. Nature in the Basin of the Euphrates and Tigris 8 13

§ 3. The Primitive Elements of the Population 13 21

§ 4. The Wedges 21 33

§ 5. The History of Chaldæa and Assyria 33 55

§ 6. The Chaldæan Religion 55 89

§ 7. The People and Government 89 113

CHAPTER II.

THE PRINCIPLES AND GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CHALDÆO ASSYRIAN ARCHITECTURE.

§ 1. Materials 114 126

§ 2. The General Principles of Form 126 146

§ 3. Construction 146 200

§ 4. The Column 200 221

§ 5. The Arch 221 236

§ 6. Secondary Forms 236 260

§ 7. Decoration 260 311

§ 8. On the Orientation of Buildings and Foundation Ceremonies 311 322

§ 9. Mechanical Resources 322 326

§ 10. On the Graphic Processes Employed in the Representations of Buildings 327 334

CHAPTER III.

FUNERARY ARCHITECTURE.

§ 1. Chaldæan and Assyrian Notions as to a Future Life 335 355

§ 2. The Chaldæan Tomb 355 363

CHAPTER IV.

RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE.

§ 1. Attempts to Restore the Principal Types 364 382

§ 2. Ruins of Staged Towers 382 391

§ 3. Subordinate Types of the Temple 391 398

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PLATES.

I. Babil To face page 154

II. Rectangular Chaldæan temple 370

III. Square double ramped Chaldæan temple 378

IV. Square Assyrian temple 380

FIG. PAGE

1. Brick from Erech 24

2. Fragment of an inscription engraved upon the back of a statue from Tello 25

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