Definition of ziggurat in English:

ziggurat

Line breaks: zig|gurat
Pronunciation: /ˈzɪgʊrat
 
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noun

  • (In ancient Mesopotamia) a rectangular stepped tower, sometimes surmounted by a temple. Ziggurats are first attested in the late 3rd millennium bc and probably inspired the biblical story of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9).
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    • Stepped pyramids known as ziggurats survive from the 3rd millennium BC in Mesopotamia.
    • The Mesopotamians built massive temples or ziggurats which housed the priestly class, the human representatives of the gods.
    • The Tower of Babel, the great ziggurat beside Babylon's temple of Marduk, dates to this era.

Origin

from Akkadian ziqqurratu.

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