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From Aalto to ziggurat, this new work is an authoritative and accessible guide to architecture and its history. It contains over 5,000 entries and covers all periods of Western architectural history, from ancient times to the present day, in cultures ranging from Assyrian architecture to Flemish Mannerism. With its many entries, from the commonplace to the less well known, this Dictionary aims to cover as wide a range of architectural terms as possible in an accessible style. These terms are made more understandable with over 250 attractive illustrations, which help to differentiate between the various types of, for example, arches or crosses. There are also longer entries which explain the different architectural styles and put them in their historical context.