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"
"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"
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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My only question now is: who is going to write something similar about the mediaeval churches and castles?
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.
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