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Roman BuildingRoman Building: Materials and Techniques Roman architecture is extraordinarily rich, both in terms of the techniques and materials used and in the variety of buildings constructed, many of which are still visible today. Now in paperback, Roman Buildings places emphasis on the technical aspects of that architecture, following the process of building through each stage, from quarry to standing wall, from tree to roof timbers. The author examines the different techniques involved in building in brick and in stone and wood, and how these materials were obtained or manufactured. He also discusses interior decoration and looks at the practical aspects of water supply, heating and roads. Each type of building required special tools and these are described, using both surviving examples and modern parallels. The Romans constructed many spectacular feats of engineering, producing magnificent monuments such as the Pantheon and Pont du Gard. This book looks at these large-scale public buildings but also at more modest homes and shops. The result is a thorough and systematic examination of Roman building, with over 750 illustrations, including the author's own drawings.

Roman ArchitectureRoman Architecture: An Authoritative Illustrated Account of the Building of Rome and the Cities of Her Empire This is an informative and authoritative text with over 250 photographs, maps, diagrams and cross-sections providing a perfect history of Roman architecture. It examines the classical buildings of the Roman Empire, from the military fortifications of Hadrian's Wall in the west to the magnificent temples and libraries of Ephesus and Palmyra in the east. You can discover the architectural legacy of the Romans - and the influence their building techniques and arches, vaults and domes have had on the development of classical architecture throughout the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to the post-modern classical developments of today. This book focuses on Rome's influence on the development of world art and architecture, and the building of ancient Rome, the first global city, and a world capital that pioneered a universally adopted architectural style. Detailed cross-sections and beautiful drawings of the Colosseum, the Pantheon and other World Heritage buildings reveal Roman techniques and architectural styles. With this book, readers, historians and travellers can uncover, explore and understand the wonder of the stones of Roman architecture for themselves, guided by 250 wonderful colour photographs, illustrations and diagrams, and led by an authoritative text by two of the world's foremost experts on the subject..

The Roman AmphitheatreThe Roman Amphitheatre: From Its Origins to the Colosseum This is the first book to analyze the evolution of the Roman amphitheatre as an architectural form. Katherine Welch addresses the critical period in the history of this building type: its origins and dissemination under the Republic, from the third to first centuries BC; its monumentalization as an architectural form under Augustus; and its canonization as a building type with the Colosseum (AD 80). She explores the social and political contexts of each of these phases in detail. The study then shifts focus to the reception of the amphitheatre and the games in the Greek East, a part of the Empire that was, initially, deeply fractured about the new realities of Roman rule.

Roman Architecture The evolution of Roman architecture during the four centuries from the late Republic to AD 330, when Constantine moved the empire's capital to Constantinople. Features include: deployment of the most recent archaeological evidence; consideration of building materials and methods used by Roman engineers and architects; examination of stylistic innovations; analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of Roman architecture; and detailed exploration of key Roman sites including Ostia and Pompeii.

RomeRome (Treasures of the Ancient Civilizations) From obscure Neolithic pastoral village to "capital of the world", the history of ancient Rome is not merely one of the most incredible adventures of mankind, but constitutes the start of an uninterrupted "bridge" between the dawn of Italic civilizations and the modern West. This journey to the origins of the present is a pictorial representation of the development of the Roman world in the light of the historical, urbanistic, architectural and artistic aspects that characterized the main periods of this extraordinary civilization, from its formative years to the crisis of the 5th century BC, following the conquest of Rome: the Italian peninsula, the Mediterranean, and the Hellenic East.

Tour The ColosseumColosseum: Rome's Arena of Death The Colosseum in Rome is one of the world's most amazing buildings. Built over 10 years during the reign of the Emperor Vespasiano in c. 72AD, at 160 feet high this immense oval stadium was home to the most violent and deadly spectator sports in history, and the making of many 'gladiator' heroes. Using state-of-the-art computer graphics, Colosseum brings the world of Ancient Rome to life and shows how and why this most extraordinary of human monuments was built. New research debunks the myths perpetuated in the film Gladiator and helps us understand the nature of these games - why the chariot races of Gladiator could not have happened within the Colosseum walls, for instance. Here for the first time, new evidence reveals exactly how the Colosseum was regularly flooded with water for the spectacle of deadly sea battles.

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