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Roman Builders: A Study in Architectural Process

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Publisher Comments:

How were the architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects carried out in practice? Roman Builders is the first, general interest book to address this question. Using the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the great temples at Baalbek as physical documents for their own building histories, this book traces the thought processes and logistical considerations — the risks, reversals, compromises, and refinements — that led to ultimate success. Each major phase of the building process is considered: design, groundwork, support structures, complex armatures, such as the superstructures of amphitheaters, vaults, and decorations. New hypotheses are advanced on the raising of monolithic columns, the construction sequence of the Coliseum, and the vaulting of the Pantheon. The illustrations include archival and original photographs, as well as numerous explanatory drawings.
  • Comprehensive step-by-step approach to Roman architectural practice
  • Detailed analytical illustrations
  • Considers both humanistic and technological issues
  • New hypothesis about the raising of monolithic columns, the construction sequence of the Coliseum and the vaulting of the Pantheon
  • Capitalizes on the current popularity of unsolved puzzles of ancient technology

Review:

"An original and involving book, well written and readable despite the technical nature of the subject, and will be of interest to anyone — scholar, teacher, student, architect, engineer, layperson, tourist — with an interest in Roman architecture and construction." The Classical Outlook

Review:

"This handsome book provides a fresh new look at the material culture of Roman building. Essential." Choice

Review:

"We come away...with a much clearer understanding of Roman technology in action, what it could and could not do, and of the astonishing effort involved in such contructions. Read Taylor, and you will know full well why there was not a Pantheon in every town." Classical World, George W. Houston, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Review:

"The illustrations are extremely useful. Taylor has borrowed well from other sources, and his photographs are clear and well reproduced. His own line drawings are excellent." SPAB News

Synopsis:

A general interest book about how architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects were carried out in practice. Using the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the great temples at Baalbek as physical documents for their own building histories, the illustrations include archival photographs, and numerous explanatory drawings.

Synopsis:

How were the architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects carried out in practice? Each major phase of the building process is considered in the building histories of the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the great temples at Baalbek. New hypotheses are advanced on the raising of monolithic columns, the construction sequence of the Coliseum, and the vaulting of the Pantheon. The illustrations include archival and original photographs, as well as numerous explanatory drawings.

Synopsis:

How architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects were carried out in practice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521005838
Author:
Taylor, Rabun
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, U.K.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Building
Subject:
International Architecture - European
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Architecture, roman
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Rome Antiquities.
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
3328
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.68x6.90x.69 in. 1.60 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521005838 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An original and involving book, well written and readable despite the technical nature of the subject, and will be of interest to anyone — scholar, teacher, student, architect, engineer, layperson, tourist — with an interest in Roman architecture and construction."
"Review" by , "This handsome book provides a fresh new look at the material culture of Roman building. Essential."
"Review" by , "We come away...with a much clearer understanding of Roman technology in action, what it could and could not do, and of the astonishing effort involved in such contructions. Read Taylor, and you will know full well why there was not a Pantheon in every town."
"Review" by , "The illustrations are extremely useful. Taylor has borrowed well from other sources, and his photographs are clear and well reproduced. His own line drawings are excellent."
"Synopsis" by , A general interest book about how architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects were carried out in practice. Using the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the great temples at Baalbek as physical documents for their own building histories, the illustrations include archival photographs, and numerous explanatory drawings.
"Synopsis" by , How were the architectural ideas behind great Roman building projects carried out in practice? Each major phase of the building process is considered in the building histories of the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the great temples at Baalbek. New hypotheses are advanced on the raising of monolithic columns, the construction sequence of the Coliseum, and the vaulting of the Pantheon. The illustrations include archival and original photographs, as well as numerous explanatory drawings.
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