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Such as the cylindrical shape of Forum Boarium, this was an original shape for the Romans along with the roof. Eventually the Hellenistic architecture was being pushed out by Romanization. When Rome gained leadership over Neighboring countries and was starting to unite the cities, in about 300 B.C. Rome started to gain it’s own unique architectural culture. When Rome was expanding they build grids of roads, and with this advance Rome had a much greater ability to build massive projects.
New architectural forms, such as Roman temples, are not isolated inventions specific to a singular culture, but rather a unique combination of elements borrowed from the Etruscans and Greeks, shared through forms of information exchange, such as the unification of the Roman Empire. There are various forms of Roman temples, but many are defined by their axial orientation, stemming from Etruscan architecture and exemplified by the Temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum of Augustus. Augustus came into power during a time when Rome was extremely run down and corrupted. As a result, he began to transform Rome by cleaning up the city and rebuilding structures, ultimately changing the city to the grand center it came to be. Augustus did not invent the Roman temple by any means, but he drew attention to it by emphasizing the forum surrounding the temple.
However, the first signs of the arches came in the form of a triangul... ... middle of paper ... ... Vitruvius described 5 types of roman atrium house: Tuscan, Corinthian, tetrastyle, displuviate, and testudinate (Sear, F. 1982 p.32). As such, even the layout of towns, public buildings and houses also used pre-existing ideas from other cultures to create their own specific styles. Overall, ancient Rome was responsible for the evolution of new building styles through taking pre-existing styles (mainly the Greeks and Etruscans) and developing them into bigger and bolder approaches to building. This was done through discovering the full potential of the arch, the combination of different orders of columns and the creation of a new one and the extended use of concrete. As such this allowed Rome to show its strength in more ways than conquering other civilizations.
From reading, discuss the development of both concrete and the arch. Include the important of each in the life of Rome and the results of their use. Introduction Ancient Rome was a civilization that thrived on cultural influences specifically with their elaboration and advancement of architectural designs. For instance, the Roman concrete was a composite of water, small stones, broken brick, limestone, and volcanic sand called the Pozzolana. With various recipes of concrete mixes, Rome developed arch designs in many of their architectural structures found in the Roman society.
On the largest scale are city walls. Some walls served a defensive purpose, some were primarily symbolic in nature, and many probably served both purposes” (Smith, 2007). The planning of walls built around ancient cities show that planning came... ... middle of paper ... ...om www.law.du.edu: http://www.law.du.edu/images/uploads/rmlui/rmlui-sustainable-UrbanGrowthManagement.pdf Smith, M. E. (2007). Form and Meaning in the Earliest Cities: A new Approach to Ancient Urban Planning. American Planning History, 45.
Once Rome was a land empire the republic encountered many other Mediterranean cultures. These cultures include Egypt, Greece, Celts and many more. Rome adopted different ideas from these cultures and incorporated them to shape the Roman Empire we know today. The Romans accepted these new cultures as a new way of living and a standard norm as the Roman Empire continued. Whether they learned or stole these ideas, they all assist in the Roman culture.
In the last two centuries before Christ, a distinctive Roman manner of building, sculpting, and painting emerged. Indeed, because of the extraordinary geographical extent of the Roman Empire and the number of diverse populations encompassed within its boundaries, “the art and architecture of the Romans was always eclectic and is characterized by varying styles attributable to differing regional tastes and the div... ... middle of paper ... ...ic one was viewed as a crossroads, the art of late antiquity is no less Roman. As our text states, “The Jewish and Christian sculptures, paintings and buildings, are Roman in style and technique, but they differ in subject and function from a contemporaneous Roman secular and religious art and architecture” (Kleiner Fred S, pg 209). The use of images from Classical Rome will be a continuing issue in the history of Christianity. We can see that the Romans as well as the Early Christians had many things in common but for sure we know the impressions of classical Roman features in early Christian art.