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The opera still stands today, a concrete and glass ziggurat in the most symbolic of Paris’s squares, decorated with sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle.
Eventually, these farmers' offspring built the ziggurats of Mesopotamia and the great pyramids of Egypt.
Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, was bulldozed in a final frenzy of destruction as Iraqi forces closed in last fall.
The ziggurat ruins were the highest point in the surrounding Nineveh plains and could serve as an ideal defensive position, yet the site is in a remote area far from strategic locations.
The choicest part of the stage design is a huge, mechanized secretary’s desk that rises almost to the ceiling: a towering ziggurat out of your worst totalitarian-state nightmare.
The ziggurat of Nimrud, a towering sacred structure built nearly 2,900 years ago, was leveled between the end of August and the beginning of October, most likely by the Islamic State.
Where to Eat Le NomadLocated in a former carpet shop in the Place des Épices, where the spice merchants cluster, the restaurant sports ziggurat tiling and a playful and unfussy décor with a view of the souk from the terrace bar.
For the next course, you might be asked to place your palm flat on the table so the server can build a little ziggurat on the back of your hand: layers of beef tartare, potato soufflé and oyster, which you’ll be told to lick off.
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François Lenormant and ziggurat
French professor of archaeology François Lenormant spent a great deal of time poring over ancient Assyrian texts. In those cuneiform inscriptions, he recognized a new language, now known as Akkadian, which proved valuable to the understanding of ancient Mesopotamian civilization. Through his studies, he became familiar with the Akkadian word for the towering Mesopotamian temples: ziqqurratu. In 1877 he came out with Chaldean Magic, a scholarly exposition on the mythology of the Chaldeans, an ancient people who lived in what is now Iraq. In his work, which was immediately translated into English, he introduced the word ziggurat to the modern world in his description of the ziggurat of the Iraqi palace of Khorsabad.
Origin and Etymology of ziggurat
First Known Use: 1874See Words from the same year
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