Roman Building: Materials and Techniques

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Routledge, 2005 - History - 368 pages
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With over 750 illustrations, Roman Buildings is a thorough and systematic examination of Roman architecture and building practice, looking at large-scale public buildings as well as more modest homes and shops. Placing emphasis on the technical aspects of the subject, the author follows the process of building through each stage -- from quarry to standing wall, from tree to roof timbers -- and describes how these materials were obtained or manufactured. The author also discusses interior decoration and looks at the practical aspects of water supply, heating and roads.
 

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Contents

1 SURVEYING
1
2 MATERIALS
21
3 CONSTRUCTION USING LARGE STONE BLOCKS
191
4 STRUCTURES OF MIXED CONSTRUCTION
229
5 MASONRY CONSTRUCTION
243
6 ARCHES AND VAULTS
319
7 CARPENTRY
401
8 WALL COVERING
442
9 FLOORS
471
10 CIVIL ENGINEERING
481
11 DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
596
ILLUSTRATED LEXICON OF MOULDINGS
673
NOTES
677
BIBLIOGRAPHY
708
INDEX
720
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About the author (2005)

Jean-Pierre Adam has been Director of the Paris office of the Institut de Recherche sur L'Archtitecture (CNRS) since 1972. He also teaches at the Ecole de Chaillot, which prepares architects for work on the historic monuments and buildings of France.

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