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A pyramid (Greek pyramís, Latin pyramis) is a geometric (architectural) body on a square base, ideally featuring flat, triangular sides culminating in a pyramidion (the pyramid-shaped capstone) [5]. In the first centuries of the early modern period, the lack of known images of authentic pyramids meant that reference was made to the Pyramid of Cestius at Rome (12 BCE), the sides of which are much steep…

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Dlugaiczyk, Martina, “Pyramid”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026078>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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