Roman architecture continued the legacy left by the earlier architects of the Greek world, and the Roman respect for this tradition and their particular reverence for the established architectural orders, especially the Corinthian, is evident in many of their large public buildings. However, the Romans were also great innovators and they quickly... [continue reading]
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The Mausoleum of Augustus was actually one of the first of many large building projects undertaken in the reign of Rome's first emperor. When the Mausoleum was completed in 28 BCE, it was easily the biggest tomb in the Roman world, a record it held throughout the Roman period. Now a ruin situated in Piazza Augusto Imperatore near the river Tiber, this... [continue reading]
The natatio or swimming pool (Olympic size) of the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, completed c. 235 CE.
Nero's Golden House (the Domus Aurea) in Rome was a sumptuous palace complex which played host to the wild parties of one of Rome's most notorious emperors. Besides using the finest marble and decoration such as fine wall-painting and gilded colonnades, the building was also a technical marvel with soaring domes, revolving ceilings, ornamental fountains... [continue reading]
The restored Antonine Nymphaeum, erected c. 160-180 CE. (Sagalassos, Turkey)
The theatre of Herodes Atticus, Athens acropolis. 2nd Century CE.
published on 19 September 2012
Colonnade with canal in the foreground, temple of Ba'al (1st-2nd century CE), Palmyra, Syria.
The Pantheon is the best preserved building from ancient Rome and was completed in c. 125 CE in the reign of Hadrian. Its magnificent dome is a lasting testimony to the genius of Roman architects and as the building stands virtually intact it offers a unique opportunity for the modern visitor to step back 2,000 years and experience the glory that was Rome.  ... [continue reading]
published on 10 June 2013
The Pantheon of Rome, completed in c. 125 CE under the reign of Hadrian. The exact function of the building in antiquity is not known, no other example is known in Rome of a temple to all the gods (as its name suggests) and it was, therefore, more likely built as a building or temple for a ruler cult.
The pediment of the pantheon in Rome, completed c. 125 CE. Once it would have carried a gilded bronze emblem, possibly an eagle and wreath.