I remember many years ago going through a book about ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia. In the passages where the ziggurats were described there was a mention that each level of the pyramid was dyed in red or white. I memorized the colors because they seemed a bit odd choice to me.
Not long ago it crossed my mind that this choice of colors might be linked to the type of government in the early Sumerian culture - one lugal(priest king) and upper chamber of the elders(whose color was white) and the lower chamber of the young warriors(whose color was red).
So I've decided to do a little research on internet. But all I found was description of ziggurats after Semitic tribes had gained control over the area(the ziggurats in Assyria and Babylonia). Apparently, during this era the colors had some kind of astrological meaning, for instance: each level of the pyramid was linked to a certain planet and was painted with the color that represented that planet.
Now, ancient history is just a hobby for me, so I might be on a wrong track here due to lack on information or reading something that is not entirely true. But I still wonder which one is true - were the ziggurats in early Sumer pained in red and white or were they dyed in all the colors of the rainbow?