Greek and Roman Architecture

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Cambridge University Press, 1929 - Architecture - 407 pages
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This book provides a brief, clear account of the main developments in the history of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman architecture, from the earliest times to the foundation of Constantinople. It contains 135 drawings and 24 plates. Professor Robertson has produced a really great handbook; one that has become the standard general work, in English, or perhaps in any language, on its subject. It has not only accuracy, attention to detail and scholarship - these qualities we would expect - it has clarity, breadth of treatment and what can be called architectural soundness.
 

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Despite its age, Robertson's work still remains the standard 'pocketbook' of the discipline. My own copy has been around most of the great sites (and quite a number of lesser ones), and will almost certainly continue to do so for a number of years!
For quick reference, the appendix contains, in a wonderfully convenient format, 'at a glance' details of almost every Greek and Roman building that has anything extant.
As for the 1920s English usage, this work is a breath of fresh air, and still uses proper punctuation (including the 'em' dash, where necessary).
This review is of necessity very concise: there is very little that one can really say abount the active 'professional's' standard textbook, it will always be thoroughly recommended.
 

Contents

Sources of Knowledge Materials and Methods i
1
Minoan Crete Troy and preMycenaean Greece
6
Mycenaean Greece and Homeric Architecture
27
The Dark Ages Technical Terms The Earliest Temples
37
The Earliest Doric and its Timber Prototypes
62
SixthCentury Doric
69
Archaic Ionic
90
FifthCentury Doric to the Outbreak of the Pelopon nesian War
106
Greek and Roman TownPlanning Etruscan and Early Latin Architecture
186
Temple Architecture of the Roman Republic
205
Temple Architecture of the Roman Empire 213
213
Roman Construction Arches Vaults and Domes
231
Colosseum Rome restored plan
284
Library Ephesus restored view
290
Porta Nigra Trier groundfloor plan 296
296
House of the Surgeon Pompeii plan
303

Ionic in the Fifth Century and Doric and Corinthian in the late Fifth and Fourth
125
FourthCentury and Hellenistic Ionic and Hellenistic Doric and Corinthian
147
Greek Theatres and other Buildings not Temples or Private Houses
163
Houses in Via di Diana Ostia restored
310
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Page xxi - R., and O. Puchstein, Die griechischen Tempel in Unteritalien und Sicilien (Berlin 1899). Laviosa, C., "Le antefisse fittili di Taranto," Archeologia Classica 6 (1954) 217-50.

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