Book: Roman Architecture

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Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide

Diana E. E. Kleiner, the Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics

(Yale University Press)

“Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide” is an illustrated introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire. Published as a companion volume to Diana E. E. Kleiner’s course on Roman Architecture given through Coursera (first offered in January but based on a class she has long taught at Yale), this enhanced e-book explores not only Rome but also buildings preserved at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Tivoli, North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, and North Africa.

Beginning with the birth of Rome as an Iron Age village, “Roman Architecture” traces the growth and expansion of the Roman Empire through its cities, which featured civic, religious, commercial, entertainment, and residential districts in the urban setting. The book features over 250 photographs and site plans of the most consequential buildings in the Roman Empire. These are presented from the perspective of an author who has journeyed to nearly all of the sites, revealing most of them through her own digital images. In addition, this interactive e-book also features maps and geolocation links that show where the monuments are and how to get there.

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