Roman Architecture by Frank SearRoman Architecture by Frank Sear

Roman Architecture

byFrank Sear

Paperback | February 28, 1983

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Frank Sear traces the evolution of architecture during the four centuries from the late Republic, when Roman building came of age, to A.D. 330, when Constantine moved the empire's capital to Constantinople. More than 200 photographs, maps, and drawings illustrate a discussion ranging over the extent of the empire, from Italy and North Africa and to the European and eastern provinces.Sear elucidates the complex development of Roman architecture by studying in detail the one site he feels to be the most significant and representative of a given period or province and by placing each site in its historical and cultural context. Incorporating the latest archaeological findings, Sear treats much more than stylist innovations; he carefully considers the building methods and materials used by Roman architects and engineers, and he pays close attention to the conditions under which the buildings were erected. This updated edition of Roman Architecture includes a full bibliography.
Title:Roman ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 0.27 inPublished:February 28, 1983Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801492459

ISBN - 13:9780801492457

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fair Introduction Sear offers a sweeping survey of Roman architecture from the Late Republic (c. 1st century BC) to the age of Constantine (330 AD). He selects prime examples of architecture from all around the Empire to illustrate its growth and development. The coverage, however, is focused on Imperial architecture and only includes one chapter covering Republican Rome. The chapters summarising Roman building types and building techniques and materials is useful. There is also adequate coverage of the towns of Pompeii and Ostia. Sear's prose style is at times poor--stilted and convoluted--requiring the reader to go over a passage more than once to understand the message. Aside from being exhausting, fleshing out the meaning is well worth the effort.
Date published: 2006-05-31

Editorial Reviews

"Frank Sear has entered the arena. . . . Beginning with a brief chapter on Republican construction, he follows chronologically with chapters on Italian projects by Imperial patrons, from Augustus through Hadrian. . . . Post-Hadrianic buildings are first introduced in the provinces, then succinctly summarized in a final chapter on the Late Empire. Separate sections cover Roman building types; architects, building techniques, and materials; and de rigueur analysis of the best preserved Roman cities, Pompeii and Ostia. . . . His descriptions of Roman structures are succinct and informative, encompassing archaeological as well as architectural data. The engineering aspects are particularly well explained, from the workings of a Roman bath to the erection of a lighthouse, and the explanations are supported by clear, well delineated drawings."—Design Book Review