In this fully updated new edition, Frank Sear offers a thorough overview of the history of architecture in the Roman Empire.
Arranged logically in six historical sections interspersed with material on Roman architects and their techniques, the building types found in Roman cities and the different buildings found in the Roman provinces, this volume now contains the latest insights into Roman architecture and takes account of the past 20 years of scholarship. This seminal work covers the architecture of the Republic, the Age of Augustus, the imperial period, Pompeii and Ostia, the eastern and western empire, and the Late Antique period, exploring subjects such as patronage, building techniques and materials, Roman engineering, town planning and imperial propaganda in a concise and readable way.
Illustrated with nearly 300 photographs, maps and drawings, Roman Architecture continues to be the clearest introductory account of the development of architecture in the Roman Empire.
1. Republican Rome
2. Roman Building Types
3. The Age of Augustus
4. Roman Architects, Building Techniques and Materials
5. The Julio-Claudians
6. Two Roman Towns: Pompeii and Ostia
7. The Flavians
8. Trajan and Hadrian
9. North Africa
10. The European Provinces
11. The Eastern Provinces
12. The Late Empire
'Sear’s unrivalled knowledge of Roman architecture allows him to present a vast array of buildings and urban landscapes in enviably clear and concise prose. He sets developments in buildings’ techniques, styles and functions illuminatingly in their wider historical context. Time and again he picks out telling detail to which his sharp eye gives meaning.'
Ewen Bowie, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, UK
'In this extensively rewritten and updated edition of his classic history of Roman architecture, Frank Sear proves both an authoritative and reliable guide and one propelled by his hallmark enthusiasm for all aspects of architecture.'
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge, UK