Egyptian Architecture Discussion

Egyptian Architecture Discussion

Post answers to the following:

  1. Within Ancient Egyptian history, there have been many forms of architecture. Select and discuss one Egyptian building from the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, or New Kingdom that you feel has been the most influential for ancient Egyptian architecture. Describe it, then evaluate its importance.
  2. Respond to at least one classmate’s post by offering additional details or ideas, a different perspective, or links to interesting, relevant articles or websites. Conclude with a question or new idea to further stimulate the discussion.

Classmate’s response ( I believe Great Pyramids, from the Old Kingdom, have been the most influential for ancient Egyptian architecture. These pyramids are iconic and are one of the most well-known cultural landmarks in the world, let alone the best recognized works of architecture from the Old Kingdom. The pyramids are not only architecturally pristine, but are symbolic of the structured, orderly, and stately world ordered by royalty that ancient Egypt is still remembered and famous for. In fact, the pyramids are named after ancient Egyptian rulers: Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The pyramids, while grandiose and gargantuan, are unique and do not err on the side of ostentation. Instead, the adherence to order and symmetry, largely due to the ashlar masonry construction style of the Great Pyramids, gives the structures their iconic balance of stateliness and aesthetically pleasing simplicity in order.)

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New Kingdom Architecture in Egypt

Societies are always bound to experience tangible changes that reflect development in the public’s perception of issues. Consequently, the different periods of the Egyptian kingdom included different developments that reflected changing perceptions of surroundings among the people. Being the height of the Egyptian civilization, the New Kingdom experienced significant development in architecture, which in turn influenced an increase in boldness in the presentation of different structures within the society. The Luxor Temple was one of such architecture products of the New Kingdom, in which case architects were ready to explore relationships between art and architecture (Magli 25).

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