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Stairs; Stairways
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(κλίμαξ/klímax, Latin scalae, plural).

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I. Ancient Orient and Egypt

Stairways were installed to overcome differences in height, but in the form of monumental constructs, they also created distance between buildings and people. There is evidence from the Ancient Orient of stairways ranging from a few steps between street level and a house or stairs inside houses and palaces, through monumental staircases in temples and palaces to stairways in funerary architecture. The material…

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Hausleiter and Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Stairs; Stairways”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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