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Constructing the Ancient World: Architectural Techniques of the Greeks and Romans Hardcover – 19 Aug 2010


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"This book contains some amazingly clear shots of ruins and surprisingly clear illustrations of construction techniques and building materials. History reconstituted."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

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"A masterly and generously illustrated summary of the architectural techniques of the Greeks and Romans."--"Anglo-Hellenic Review"

This book contains some amazingly clear shots of ruins and surprisingly clear illustrations of construction techniques and building materials. History reconstituted. "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

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A masterly and generously illustrated summary of the architectural techniques of the Greeks and Romans. "Anglo-Hellenic Review""

About the Author

Carmelo G Malacrino is an architect specializing in ancient architecture at the Italian Archaeological School in Athens.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c765eb8) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x9c7758a0) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 8 Sept. 2011
By Gerard V. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe that no one has yet submitted a rave review of this book -- let me be the first. It is beautifully organized, written and illustrated, and tells the reader everything they want to know about the materials and techniques used by the ancients to construct their magnificent buildings, including also the roads, baths and aqueducts.

My only question now is: who is going to write something similar about the mediaeval churches and castles?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7758e8) out of 5 stars Recommended 10 May 2015
By Roald Euller - Published on Amazon.com
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Constructing the Ancient World: Architectural Techniques of the Greeks and Romans – Carmelo Malacrino.

Let’s say you have just finished a class in Roman Architecture – possibly the Open Yale class also offered through Coursera ;-) – and you are interested in learning more about the construction techniques in the Classical World. You could hardly do better than taking a look at Carmelo Malacrino’s Constructing the Ancient World.

Malacrino addresses in detail the practical construction techniques of the Greeks and Romans: e.g. How did they cut marble? (answer: saws, among other tools); How did they mix and pour concrete? (they didn't - it was applied in layers like peanut butter); How did they raise a huge column into position? (one method: they carved a groove in the foundation, placed the lip of the column base in the groove, and levered it up to vertical with block and tackle).

There is also a very interesting discussion of different regional marble quarries illustrated with pictures of the quarries as they appear today, often with partially worked blocks still in place from antiquity. If you are an engineer or simply someone with an interest in how ancient societies carried out massive construction projects using only manual (often slave) labor, this is a book for you. Fascinating stuff.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7a8e1c) out of 5 stars I enjoy architecture 9 Oct. 2013
By David Belfry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful coffee table book, good illustrations, photographs, and writing on the subject matter. I will be re-reading the book again soon.
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By richard burroughs - Published on Amazon.com
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Great resource for those interested in the fine arts and classical architecture, whether for fun, fraternal ramifications, or just plain fun.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8c6da4) out of 5 stars Constructing the Ancient World 4 April 2013
By rom4ca - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchase this book for my daughter for her class she is taking in college. The book come on time and it is in a good condition.
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