What Rome Was Built With; A Description Of The Stones Employed In Ancient Times For Its Building And Decoration by Mary Winearls Porter

What Rome Was Built With; A Description Of The Stones Employed In Ancient Times For Its Building…

byMary Winearls Porter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 Excerpt: ...so delicately that its general thickness is only two and a half inches; and a lamp placed within shines through its translucent sides. 1 Merrill, op. cit. 3 Rocks, Rock weathering, and Soils, by George P. Merrill, page 113. E Conglomerate-breccia of Egypt, Breccia Verde d'Egitto A conglomerate is composed of rounded fragments of rock cemented together. If the fragments are angular the rock is called a breccia.1 When the stone is composed of both angular and rounded fragments it is called a conglomerate-breccia or breccia-conglomerate. Conglomerates differ from sandstones only in the increased size of their grains.2 The green conglomerate-breccia of Egypt, also known as Universal Breccia,3 although so frequently employed by the Egyptians and later by the Romans, seems to have been sadly neglected by the ancient writers, not one of whom alludes to it. This stone is extremely handsome, and unique in appearance; it contains fragments of greenstone, gneiss, porphyry, slate, serpentine and marble. The ground-mass and predominating colour is green in every shade, varied with fragments of red, purple and black. The rock is found near Hammarmat in Egypt, and lies on slate in conformable thick bedded strata.4 The hieroglyphics and chisel marks of the ancient Egyptians are to be seen sharp and legible to-day, notwithstanding the hundreds of years that have passed since the quarry was worked. According to Baron and Hume8 the working of 1 From the Italian for breach, referring to the fact that the stone was broken or fractured and then cemented together again. 'Merrill, op. cit. 3 Because it contains fragments of so many varieties of rock. 4 On the Qena-Qosseir road. 5 Topography and Geology of the Eastern Desert of Egypt, by Baron and Hume. this stone was by no means l...

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Title:What Rome Was Built With; A Description Of The Stones Employed In Ancient Times For Its Building…Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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