Ancient Structures….The homes of our ancestors,and other people who weren’t ourancestors.
The Homes of Canada, Eh?Where we live today….Canadians go to work, school, shopping, and otherplaces, and most of the time they’ll go back to there homes. Butwhat do these buildings look like. Modern Canadian homes arelargely based on international styles, being heavily influenced bythe United States and Great Britain. Canada has many structuressuch as glass towers and apartment buildings we see all aroundthe world. We have many odd and one-of-a-kind structures, withmany defining features. People who have influenced ourCanadian style are: Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Erickson, LudwigMies van der Rohe and I.M. Pei.
Egyptian StructuresAncient Egyptian buildings were very elaborate andmagnificent, and but sometimes they were not very effective.Many Egyptian homes were made of mud brick and stones,because wood in a desert was very rare. Lots of Egyptian villagesand towns have been flooded or buried, and much of ourknowledge comes from the largest religious monuments. Someof the most well known structures are the famous Pyramids ofGiza, towering structures that have left there mark by being thelast surviving wonder of the ancient world. Another famousEgyptian structure is the Sphinx, a half man half lion guarding thePyramid of Khafre.
Buildings of MesopotamiaMesopotamia, like Egypt, mostly used mud bricks fortheir buildings and architecture. Later, they used bricks made ofAdobe, because it was cheaper. They imported special materialsfrom different places like Lebanon, India, and Arabia.Mesopotamia made an amazing city with many things in it, withthe name Uruk. It had significant impacts on most of Asia, too.Famous structures of the Mesopotamians are their temples, orziggurats. Ziggurats were monuments to religions all overMesopotamia, and are pyramidal in shape. We have discovered32 ziggurats in all, with 4 of them in the country of Iran and 28 inthe country of Iraq.
The Architecture of RomeIn Ancient Rome, the most common building materials wereconcrete and bricks, with supplies like gold and marble beingused as decoration. Rome had many temples, palaces, and otherthings widely spread, but the most famous structure in Romemay possibly have to be the Roman Coliseum. The Coliseum isquite possibly the largest amphitheatre ever created, and is anamazing piece of architecture. The Coliseum was started byEmperor Vespasian, and was completed by Emperor Titus.Ancient Rome is known for some very beautiful and innovativework.
Viking HomesViking houses were very large and efficient, and evendisplayed some of their culture in it’s design. They are shapedwith the roof somewhat alike to the hull of a Viking boat, andcould fit numbers of people ranging from 30 to 50. Usually, thesehomes contained the family and their slaves, and in some casesanimals in a room. There are many types of homes, as Vikings,being explorers and raiders, had to adapt to differentsurroundings. When building, Vikings would use whateveravailable, but they would mostly use oak wood.