Principles of Roman Architecture
By (author) Mark Wilson Jones
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Principles of Roman Architecture by Mark Wilson Jones
Book DescriptionThe architects of ancient Rome developed a vibrant and enduring tradition, inspiring those who followed in their profession even to the present day. This original book is the first to explore their approach to design. Mark Wilson Jones draws on both new archaeological discoveries and his own analyzes of the monuments to reveal how Roman architects went about the creative process. Wilson Jones begins by outlining the state of knowledge regarding Roman architects, Vitruvius in particular, as well as the dynamics of design as illuminated by surviving architectural drawings and models. Then, in a series of thematic chapters dedicated to the plan, the elevation, and the principal distributive element of Roman buildings, the Corinthian column, he focuses on underlying patterns of design that transcend function and typology. The success of Roman architecture is shown to rest on a robust yet subtle synthesis of theory, beauty, content, and practicality. At the same time, it maintains a vital equilibrium between the apparently conflicting goals of rule and variety. The next part of the book focuses on two singularly enigmatic monuments, Trajan's Column and the Pantheon, to illustrate how architects might bend principles to circumstance. The author resolves long-standing controversies over their conception, showing how both structures came to be modified after work on the site had begun. Even the Romans' mighty building machine had to come to terms with the gap between ideals and the physical realities of construction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300102024
(285mm x 205mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Pantheon, Hardback (June 2015)
This book treats the Pantheon from the unique perspective of its construction history, survival and reception through history.
Origins of Classical Architecture, Hardback (April 2014)» View all books by Mark Wilson Jones
Greek temples captivate anyone with an interest in antiquity, and the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columnar orders that clad them launched the classical architectural tradition down to modern times. This title proposes new theories in both areas as it elucidates the nature and function of Greek architecture.
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Author Biography - Mark Wilson Jones
Mark Wilson Jones is an architect in private practice and an architectural historian.
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