A Handbook of Roman art : a comprehensive survey of all the by Martin Henig

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Most Roman architecture before the fust century BC depended on local resources. Thereafter, as will be seen, there are man) and varied exceptions. Unfired clay was late first centur) BC, he found Rome still in extensive use for domestic building in the when Vitruvius was writing. Augustus' boast that a city of sun-dried brick and left it as marble is true ARCHITECTURE 42 only in conveying a panoramic but cursory impression of its changed appearance (Suetonius, Augustus, XXVIII. 3). It would be,more accurate to say that marble and travertine replaced tufa, and that sundried brick was being replaced with rubble- and, later, brick-faced concrete.

ARCHITECTURE 30 not merely to serve as an inert filling stones of a wall or vault, but to stand weight: though in practice, a with stone or brick. opus caementicium, material between the facing up on its own and to carry great Roman concrete wall was normally The Romans faced called a construction of this material from the aggregate of stones (caementa) which were laid in the lime mortar. It will here should be understond that poured, and in that sense is this be called simply 'concrete', but it Roman concrete was laid and not not identical with the modern building material.

Which Hadrian dedicated at Rome in AD 1 35. It is ironic that it was this strong Eastern influences, which occasioned the Syrian Apollodorus' fatal quarrel with the Emperor. Proconnesian building, with its marble (from Marmora) was used for the superstructure, the traditional Roman podium was lacking, and the architectural ornament has a strong similarity with that of the Temple of Trajan at Per- gamum. 34 with which the Emperor Septimius Severus of Lepcis Magna that the influence of the East is most strikingly to be seen.

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