mates, i need your help.
i'm searching for some good books on the following topics:
mainly about the historical aspect of architecture, not so much modern concrete stuff. ancient cultures, design philosophies are the things i am interested in. both books that are more like a compendium of different architecture styles all over the world as well as specialized ones (like, on a certain region) are appreciated.
europe's architectural history has been beaten to death in school, so it's the other parts of the world that i am more interested in.
well, something that has as much info on as many different mythologies, their inhabitants, creatures, gods, whatever, as possible
fashion history, development of forms, trends etcetera...
both historical and more modern topics, like tha last century are in my field of interest.
if you know of any book that could fit one of those descriptions, i'd be happy if you could post its name, author and some info -if you have- here.