Cyclopean architecture

Ancient masonry where walls are fitted together of huge irregular stones; architecture that is ancient and roughly composed.

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  • Cyclopean masonry — is a type of stonework found in Mycenaean architecture, built with huge limestone boulders, roughly fitted together with minimal clearance between adjacent stones and no use of mortar. The boulders typically are unworked, but sometimes are worked …   Wikipedia

  • Cyclopean — Cy clo*pe an (s? kl? p? an), a. [L. Cyclopeus, Gr. ?????, fr. ????? Cyclops: cf. F. cyclopeen.] Pertaining to the Cyclops; characteristic of the Cyclops; huge; gigantic; vast and rough; massive; as, Cyclopean labors; Cyclopean architecture. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cyclopean —    Gigantic, vast and rough; massive. Cyclopean architecture is a method of stone construction using large, irregular blocks without mortar. Also see colossus and colossal, dolmen, mass, rustication, and size …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • cyclopean — Cy·clo·pe·an || saɪ kləʊpjÉ™n adj. formed of large unhewn stones fitted closely together without the use of mortar or cement (Architecture) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cyclopean — /saɪkləˈpiən/ (say suykluh peeuhn), /saɪˈklɒpiən/ (say suy klopeeuhn) adjective 1. gigantic; vast. 2. Architecture of, like or denoting an early style of masonry employing massive stones, more or less irregular in shape. {from Cyclops} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pelasgian architecture — noun Cyclopean architecture • • • Main Entry: ↑Pelasgic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Western architecture — Introduction       history of Western architecture from prehistoric Mediterranean cultures to the present.       The history of Western architecture is marked by a series of new solutions to structural problems. During the period from the… …   Universalium

  • Inca architecture — is the most significant pre Columbian architecture in South America. The Incas inherited an architectural legacy from Tiwanaku, founded in the second century B.C. in present day Bolivia. Much of present day architecture at the former Inca capital …   Wikipedia

  • art and architecture, Anatolian — Introduction       the art and architecture of ancient Anatolian civilizations.       Anatolia is the name that is currently applied to the whole Asian territory of modern Turkey. Its western half is a broad peninsula connecting the continent of… …   Universalium

  • Aegean civilizations — The Bronze Age civilizations that arose and flourished с 3000–1000 BC in the region bordering the Aegean Sea. They included Crete, the Cyclades, the Greek mainland south from Thessaly, including the Peloponnese, and Macedonia, Thrace, and western …   Universalium

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