On Architecture

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Penguin UK, Sep 24, 2009 - Architecture - 496 pages
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In De architectura (c.40 BC), Vitruvius discusses in ten encyclopedic chapters aspects of Roman architecture, engineering and city planning. Vitruvius also included a section on human proportions. Because it is the only antique treatise on architecture to have survived, De architectura has been an invaluable source of information for scholars. The rediscovery of Vitruvius during the Renaissance greatly fuelled the revival of classicism during that and subsequent periods. Numerous architectural treatises were based in part or inspired by Vitruvius, beginning with Leon Battista Alberti's De re aedificatoria (1485).
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
iii
Introduction
v
Translators Note
xxi
Further Reading
xxv
List of Plates
xxvii
List of Figures
xxix
BOOK I
xxxi
BOOK II
ii
BOOK VI
xxv
BOOK VII
xii
BOOK VIII
xv
BOOK IX
14
BOOK X
40
From Vitruvius to the Renaissance
68
Figures
68
Notes
141

BOOK III
iii
BOOK IV
iv
BOOK V
v
Glossary and Index of Technical Terms
162
Index of Names and Places
194
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Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (late 1st century B.C.), was a Roman military architect and engineer, and an expert in ballistic machines in particular.

Robert Tavernor studied architecture in London, Rome and Cambridge and practices as a consultant architect. He was professor of Architecture at the universities of Edinburgh and Bath, and is currently Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Richard Schofield read Classics at Oxford in the late 1960s, then architectural history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. After working at the University of Nottingham for many years, he moved to the Istituto universitario di architettura di Venezia in 1997, where he is the Professor of the History of Architecture.

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