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Examining the methods and techniques that enabled builders to construct some of the most imposing monuments of ancient Rome, Lynne Lancaster focuses on structurally innovative vaulting and the factors that influenced its advancement, as well as a range of related practices and various techniques of buttressing. Providing the geological background of the local building stones, Lancaster applies mineralogical analysis to suggest trading patterns and land use. She also examines construction techniques in relation to the social, economic, and political contexts of Rome.Read more
- Original illustrations of major monuments in Rome and of concepts necessary to understand them
- Interdisciplinary approach to incorporating aspects of geology and structural analysis
- Provides synthesis of recent work on major monuments in Rome in addition to original research
Reviews & endorsements
"...Lancaster's arguments mark a more sophisticated approach to the study of Roman architecture than has hitherto been possible...Indeed, books like these move us from archaeological monographs on particular monuments...or broad general texts on Roman architecture...toward an in-depth understanding of what Roman concrete, marble-clad buildings were designed to do, of what they did, and of the way in which their successes and failures influenced generations of later architects."
-James E. Packer, Northwestern University, Bryn Mawr Classical ReviewSee more reviews
"The book's clear prose style and the useful summaries at the end of each chapter make it very accessible to students, and it will be a very useful teaching tool' moreover, it is a surprisingly engrossing read."
-Ellen Swift, University of Kent, Canterbury
"This is one of the most important-and most readable-books on Roman Imperial construction, and by extension on Roman architecture, to have appeared in a long time. It should become a standard reference work in its field and be used and appreciated for decades[...]it is an essential and very welcome volume."
-James C. Anderson, Jr., The University of Georgia, American Journal of Archaeology
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- Date Published: March 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521744362
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 278 x 215 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.97kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Centering and formwork
3. Ingredients: mortar and caementa
4. Amphoras in vaults
5. Vaulting ribs
6. Metal clamps and tie bars
7. Vault behavior and buttressing
8. Structural analysis: history and case studies
9. Innovations in context.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Introduction to Architecture (Western)
- Life in Rome ( taught in Rome, Italy)
- Roman Architecture and Town Planning
- Roman Life and Literature/Pompeii
- Science of Architecture & History of Architecture
- The Classical City
- Western civilization
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