A Companion to Roman Architecture by Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

By Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

A significant other to Roman structure offers a finished assessment of the serious concerns and ways that experience remodeled scholarly figuring out in fresh a long time in a single easy-to-reference volume.

  • Offers a cross-disciplinary method of Roman structure, spanning expertise, historical past, artwork, politics, and archaeology
  • Brings jointly contributions via major students in architectural history
  • An crucial consultant to fresh scholarship, overlaying new archaeological discoveries, lesser identified constructions, new applied sciences and area and construction
  • Includes wide, up to date bibliography and thesaurus of key Roman architectural terms
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    Roman structure is arguably the main enduring actual legacy of the classical global. A significant other to Roman structure offers a selective assessment of the serious concerns and ways that experience remodeled scholarly realizing of this wealthy box of analysis in fresh a long time. This quantity attracts on new archaeological discoveries and theoretical methods to be able to supply an up-to-date ancient realizing of Roman architecture.

    Written by means of top specialists in architectural heritage who target to appreciate Roman structure as an built-in cultural perform, the better half covers formal research, the layout and development procedure, the traditional and sleek reception of Roman structure and the dynamic interaction between aesthetics, social constitution, politics, and geography within the creation and use of Roman structure. With cross-disciplinary sections protecting expertise, background, artwork, politics, and archaeology, this assortment is an important reference paintings for college kids and scholars.

    About the Author

    Roger B. Ulrich is Ralph Butterfield Professor of Classics at Dartmouth university, the place he teaches Roman Archaeology and Latin and directs Dartmouth’s Rome overseas research software in Italy. he's the writer of The Roman Orator and the Sacred level: The Roman Templum Rostratum(1994) and Roman Woodworking (2007).

    Caroline okay. Quenemoen is Professor within the perform and Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate learn at Rice college. formerly she taught classes in Greek and Roman paintings and archaeology at Rice. Her learn specializes in Roman structure, together with articles at the apartment of Augustus.

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    One of the most important attested examples of an augural templum is to be found at Bantia (modern Banzi) in Basilicata, remains that belong to the republican period. There a series of six cippi inscribed with the names of divinities and celestial positions was discovered by chance in 1962, leading Torelli to reconstruct an augural templum at the site (Torelli 1995a), aided by ancient writers like Varro and Martianus Capella. While the ancient sources are not in complete agreement about the preferred orientation for the templum, the Bantia site, taken together with other known augural seats, represents important evidence for the execution of augury and its reliance on fixed orientations (Torelli 1995a: 106).

    In these tendencies, the function of the building and space ultimately determine their form since the observation of ritual practice was of tantamount importance. Axial alignment and symmetry will also play a leading role in the emergent domus architecture of the later republican period, wherein the classic atrium design seems to prefer a balanced, symmetrical ground plan as discussed by Vitruvius. The Roman conquest of the Mediterranean profoundly affected the nature of architecture in Italy, not to mention other art forms (Pollitt 1978; see Chapter 2).

    Rome’s walls, not surprisingly, have been studied for quite some time and have undergone important recent reappraisals (Säflund 1932; Cifani 1998; 2008). One could also look to the walls of Antemnae (Quilici and Quilici Gigli 1978) and Ardea (Morselli and Tortorici 1982), as well as to the little known walls of the Latin city of Gabii, now the subject of renewed interest (Helas 2010), for evidence of early walling techniques in central Italy. These early walls also show the transition from a reliance on naturally fortified positions to the construction of purpose-built defensive systems.

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