Origins, Classicism and The New Rome

By Christopher Tadgell

© 2007 – Routledge

876 pages

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Hardback: 9780415407502
pub: 2007-05-03

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About the Book

The first in a new series of five books describing and illustrating the seminal architectural traditions of the world, Antiquity traces architectural history from its very beginnings until the time when the traditions that shape today’s environments began to flourish.

More than a catalogue of buildings, in this work Tadgell provides their political, technological, social and cultural contexts and explores architecture, not only as the development of form and space but as an expression of the civilization within which it evolves. The buildings are analyzed and illustrated with over 1200 colour photographs and 400 drawings while the societies that produced them are brought to life through a broad selection of their artefacts.


'[The first in] a grand survey of the whole of world architecture.' The Times

Table of Contents

Prologue: Origins Part 1: West Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean 1.1 The Fertile Crescent and the Nile Valley 1.2 The Aegean, Anatolia and the Aryans 1.3 Issues From a Dark Age Part 2: Pre-Columbian America 2.1 Mesoamerica 2.2 The Andean Littoral Part 3: The Classical World 3.1 Hellenic Order 3.2 Macedonians and the East 3.3 Republican Rome and its Mentors 3.4 Augustan Rome and its Empire Part 4: Christianity and Empire 4.1 Rome and New Romes 4.2 Justinian and the Apotheosis of Byzantium. Epilogue: The Last Half Millennium of Byzantium

About the Author

Christopher Tadgell taught architectural history for almost thirty years before devoting himself full-time to writing and research, travelling the world to examine and photograph buildings from every tradition and period.

About the Series

Architecture in Context

Architecture in Context is a series of seven books by Christopher Tadgell describing and illustrating all the seminal traditions from man’s early settlements in the Euphrates and Jordan valleys to the technologically complex and stylistically sophisticated buildings of the second half of the twentieth century. In a synthesis of extraordinary range, it brings together the fruits of a lifetime of teaching and travelling the world, seeing and photographing buildings. Each stand-alone volume sets the buildings described and illustrated within their political, technological, social and cultural contexts, exploring architecture not only as the development of form but as an expression of the civilization within which it evolved.

The series focuses on the story of the Classical tradition from its origins in Mesopotamia and Egypt, through its realization in ancient Greece and Rome, to the Renaissance, Neo-Classicism, Eclecticism and Modernism. This thread is supplemented with excursions to cover the development of architecture in Central America, India, South-East Asia, and the Islamic world.

For students of architecture and art history, for travellers and for readers who want to understand the genesis of the buildings they see around them, each volume provides a complete, readable and superbly illustrated reference.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome