As we consider Gerasa and its unique hybridization of Hellenistic and Roman design, it is important understand the evolution of architecture within the city. The temple of Artemis is considered one of the most significant monuments of Roman religious architecture in the Near East due to its size and grand s...
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Although expansion did not occur all the way to the edge of the city walls, the strategic positioning of the arch is representative of the city that the Roman Empire may have envisioned. Its architecture is not as heavily influenced by the classical world as the Temple of Artemis and Zeus, and included some elements influenced by the Nabatean culture instead. However, the arch symbolizes the expansive and ambitious development of the Roman Empires influence on Gerasa.
As we examine the pre-existing Hellenistic settlment of Gerasa it becomes clear that the Roman Empire impacted the city and its architecture significantly. A unique blend of Hellenistic and Roman design flourished during the rule of the Roman Empire, and this architectural phenomenon attributes to the impressive nature and design of the city that still exists today.
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