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Apart from possessing a functional and ornamental value, architecture also tells the story about the character and the culture of the society, thus reflecting the spirit of the people and the age. Even though historians tend to consider only public monuments and majestic buildings as "architecture," the architecture that is most representative of the society consists of ordinary and drab buildings (Kostof 15). Although they cannot be considered esthetically pleasing to the eye, their value rests in their reflection of the reality of the ordinary people. As Spiro Kostof points out in his book, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals, the images of the history of the South are incomplete without including the "slave cabins, out houses, herb gardens, and water vats" (15). Although these structures can hardly be considered beautiful, they constitute an integral part of the society of the South during the slavery period. The existence of architecture from different eras serves to capture the human history as it evolves through time and place. Thus, these buildings are one of the few concrete means with which one can preserve the irretrievable past and survey human development. In this paper, some specific buildings and city designs will be evaluated within the context of the society and its period.

In the ancient Greek city, apart from providing a place of worship, the Greek temple represented the freedom and democracy of the Greek city. It was a symbol of unity for the Greeks. The Greek people were joined together by a shared faith, a common language and their ancestors. The Greek temple in each city was different from the other, thus establishing an unique identity of each city. With its architecture and religious iconography, the Greek temple proclaimed the freedom of its people to foreigners (Kostof 120).

The creation of a public structure built with cut stone and large-scale stone sculpture was not based on practical ...

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