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ziggurat

Postby David Myer » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:16 am

I like this one if only because we need more words starting with Z. Difficult to see how we can use it metaphorically and probably not an everyday word. I came across it today for the first time. I think the author was showing off.

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Re: ziggurat

Postby Slava » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:07 pm

We could use it for dietary purposes, as in the FDA Food Ziggurat.

I bet M. C. Escher could have had fun with drawing them.
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Re: ziggurat

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:45 pm

The Tower of Babel was likely a ziggurat. Sometimes spelled ziqqurat, it refers to the ancient temple towers that looked somewhat like the Meso-American ones. Likewise, Jacob's ladder may have been such a ziggurat as a stairway to and from earth to heaven. I suspect the inherent stability of such a structure led various peoples to discover and re-discover it. Don't preschoolers build towers of blocks in much the same fashion? Pyramids are a variation of the ziggurat.
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