Originally published in 1960, Dr Hodge's study deals with the construction of the wooden parts of the roofing of classical Greek temples of the era 600-400 BC in Greece, southern Italy and Sicily. There were no fragments remaining of these wooden members (rafters, ridge-beams and purlins), so Dr Hodge demonstrates the original position and function of the timbers from the way the stonework was cut to fit round them, and to a lesser extent from ancient documents. Dr Hodge is able to define a widely used type of roof (the Gaggera roof) and ceiling (the slot ceiling) not hitherto noticed, and makes a suggestion about the possible origin of the triangular tie-beam truss, as well as collating existing knowledge of the time. There are about 50 photographs and a number of detailed architectural drawings.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Abbreviations; Explanation of terms; Part I. Particular Examples: 1. The Temple of Poseidon, Paestum; 2. The Theseion; 3. The Megaron of Demeter, Gaggera; 4. The Temple of Concord, Agrigento; Part II. General Features: 5. The ceiling and the attic; 6. The primary timbers; 7. The secondary timbers; 8. The development of cornice blocks; 9. Technique; Part III. Appendices: Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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