Principles of Roman Architecture

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In this original book Mark Wilson Jones explores for the first time how the architects of ancient Rome approached design. Drawing on new archaeological discoveries and his own analyses of Roman monuments, the author discusses how the ancient architects dealt with the principles of architecture and the practicalities of construction as they engaged in the creative process."A careful, sensible, and delightful consideration of all aspects of building in ancient Rome that will provide new insights for young and old scholars alike."-Carol Richardson, Art Book; "Wilson Jones's excellent work combines the knowledge of a practicing architect with that of an architectural historian."-Choice; "This is an important work which throws new light on a number of aspects of Roman construction. It is well illustrated by the author's own drawings, by reproductions from classical works on the subject, and by excellent colour photographs."-Architectural Science Review

Author Biography: Mark Wilson Jones is an architect in private practice and an architectural historian.

Winner of the 2002 Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, Winner of the 2001 Sir Banister Fletcher Award

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102024
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
Introduction: The Problem of Interpretation 1
I Questions of Identity 19
II Vitruvius and Theory 33
III The Dynamics of Design 49
IV Ground Rules: Principles of Number and Measure 71
V Ground Rules: Arithmetic and Geometry 87
VI Coping with Columns: The Elevation 109
VII A Genius for Synthesis: The Corinthian Order 135
VIII Trajan's Column 161
IX The Enigma of the Pantheon: The Interior 177
X The Enigma of the Pantheon: The Exterior 199
App. A Tabulated Measurements of Selected Buildings 214
App. B Measurements and Analysis relating to the Corinthian Order 221
Abbreviations 226
Notes 228
Bibliography 245
Index 261
Illustration Credits 269
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