The Architecture of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio: In Ten Books

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J. Weale, 1860 - Architecture - 316 pages
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Page 83 - Corinthian virgin, who was of marriageable age, fell a victim to a violent disorder; after her interment, her nurse, collecting in a basket those articles to which she had shown a partiality when alive, carried them to her tomb, and placed a tile on the basket, for the longer preservation of its contents. The basket was accidentally placed on the root of an acanthus plant, which, pressed by the weight, shot forth, towards spring...
Page 83 - ... and large foliage, and in the course of its growth reached the angles of the tile, and thus formed volutes at the extremities. Callimachus, who, for his great ingenuity and taste...
Page 64 - Proportion is a due adjustment of the size of the different parts to each other and to the whole ; on this proper adjustment symmetry depends. Hence no building can be said to be well designed which wants symmetry and proportion.
Page 9 - Hence they can readily take up positions against those arts because many are the artistic weapons with which they are armed. Such men, however, are rarely found, but there have been such at times; for example, Aristarchus of Samos, Philolaus and Archytas of Tarentum, Apollonius of Perga, Eratosthenes of Cyrene...
Page 40 - If to river or sea sand, potsherds ground and passed through a sieve, in the proportion of one third part, be added, the mortar will be better for use. The cause of the mass becoming solid when sand and water are added to the lime, appears to be, that stones, like other bodies, are a compound of elements : those which contain...
Page 4 - Wherefore the mere practical architect is not able to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts ; and the theoretic architect also fails, grasping the shadow instead of the substance. He who is theoretic as well as practical, is therefore doubly armed ; able not only to prove the propriety of his design, but equally so to carry it into execution.
Page xxiv - Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione de Architectura Libri Dece traducti de Latino in Vulgare affigurati : Commentati : et con mirando ordine Insigniti...
Page 15 - A city on the seaside, exposed to south or west, will be insalubrious ; for in summer mornings a city thus placed would be hot, at noon it would be scorched. A city also with a western aspect would even at sunrise be warm, at noon hot, and in the evening of a burning temperature.
Page 4 - An architect should be ingenious, and apt in the acquisition of knowledge. Deficient in either of these qualities, he cannot be a perfect master. He should be a good writer, a skilful draughtsman, versed in geometry and optics, expert at figures, acquainted with history, informed on the principles of natural and moral philosophy, somewhat of a musician, not ignorant of the sciences both of law arid physic, nor of the motions, laws, and relations to each other, of the heavenly bodies.
Page 34 - Pontus, furnish such abundance of timber, that they build in the following manner : — Two trees are laid level on the earth, right and left, at such...

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