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The Roman arena of Verona, Italy, built 30 CE.
Baths for bathing and relaxing were a common feature of Roman cities throughout the empire. The often huge bath complexes included a wide diversity of rooms offering different temperatures and facilities such as swimming pools and places to read, relax, and socialise. Roman baths, with their need for large open spaces, were also important drivers in... [continue reading]
A section of the Roman baths flooring at Butrint (modern Albania), 2nd century CE. The brick piles allowed for the circulation of warm air to heat the baths.
The Roman bridge of Pont-Saint-Martin in northern Italy, built between 142 and 22 BCE along the Gallic consular road. The bridge, at its highest point, is 46.25 m above the river Lys and the arch spans 31.55 m.
The Roman bridge Ponte da Vila Formosa, dating from the late 1st century / early 2nd century CE, is one of the best preserved bridges throughout the Iberian Peninsula. It is located on the way which connected Olisipo (Lisbon, Portugal) to Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain), the via publicae. Total length: 116.50 meters / width 6.70 meters / height 8.40 meters.
published on 10 March 2013
Examples of the buttress, a device from Classical architecture to strengthen a wall and increase its load-bearing capacity. Roman houses, Rome.
The remains of a 2-1st century BCE Roman house on the island of Delos. The building is known as the House of Hermes and was originally of five stories, three of which survive. The building includes a peristyle, stairs, and various rooms including a bathroom. Such tall buildings, as here, were typically built into hillsides.
Roman mosaics were a common feature of private homes and public buildings across the empire from Africa to Antioch. Not only are mosaics beautiful works of art in themselves but they are also an invaluable record of such everyday items as clothes, food, tools, weapons, flora and fauna. They also reveal much about Roman activities like gladiator contests... [continue reading]
A segment of typical 2nd century CE Roman wall from Butrint (modern Albania). The wall is in the opus mixtum style which combined layers of opus testaceum (standard brick facing)with opus reticulatum (square-based pyramid blocks set in a diagonal pattern). Beyond its obvious decorative appeal the technique may also have allowed less-skilled labour to build more quickly.
published on 10 May 2013
A row of shop fronts (botteghe) on via dei Balconi, in the Roman port town of Ostia, late 1st-early 2nd century CE.
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]