• At Halicarnassus, the house of that most potent king Mausolus, though decorated throughout with Proconnesian marble, has walls built of brick which are to this day of extraordinary strength, and are covered with stucco so highly polished that they seem to be as glistening as glass. That king did not use brick from poverty; for he was choke-full of revenues, being ruler of all Caria.

    "De architectura (Ten Books on Architecture)". Book by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (Book II, Chapter VIII, Section 10), circa 15 BC.