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By Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

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A spouse to Roman Architecture provides a finished evaluate of the serious matters and techniques that experience remodeled scholarly figuring out in fresh a long time in a single easy-to-reference volume.

• bargains a cross-disciplinary method of Roman structure, spanning expertise, background, paintings, politics, and archaeology;
• Brings jointly contributions by means of major students in architectural history;
• a vital advisor to contemporary scholarship, overlaying new archaeological discoveries, lesser recognized structures, new applied sciences and house and construction;
• comprises wide, up to date bibliography and thesaurus of key Roman architectural terms.

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Mesopotamia—the land bounded by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (the name means “between the rivers” in Cuneiform script The Sumerians developed the first writing in the 4th millenium BCE. Marks in clay tablets were made using wedge-shaped (cuneiform) ends of cut reeds. Greek)—was essentially a dry land; its position between the two mighty rivers, however, allowed for easy irrigation of the desert, where reliable native grasses—barley and wheat— could be grown as crops. Fish and wildfowl were also plentiful, allowing settlers to build up the surpluses of food on which the beginnings of urban civilization depended.

In a bid for immortality, it must be said that Urnammu has done rather well— each of the many individual bricks used to build this amazing structure, the best preserved of all Mesopotamian ziggurats, is stamped with his name. 48 FROM VILLAGE TO CIT Y PALACE OF SARGON A 706BCE B KHORSABAD, NORTHERN IRAQ C SARGON II D PALACE The palaces of the Assyrian Empire are some of the largest and most imposing ancient buildings in Mesopotamia, demonstrating the affluence, aspirations, and determination of the fierce military regime that shaped them.

By mixing lime and clay, or pozzolana (a volcanic dust), with water they produced a cement that when mixed with aggregate— stones, pebbles, sand, gravel, rubble— formed concrete, a strong, plastic, easily worked, fireproof material that could be used to span previously inconceivable spaces, such as that over the voluminous drum of the Pantheon in Rome. The cores of very many other Roman engineering structures and buildings were also concrete; but, by and large, this truly empire-building material vanished with the Romans.

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