A segment of typical 2nd century AD Roman wall
(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.
Original illustration by Mark Cartwright.
Uploaded by Mark Cartwright, published on 23 August 2012 under the following license: Copyright. You cannot use, copy, distribute, or modify this item without explicit permission from the author.
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