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Architecture of the Roman Empire: An Urban Appraisal (William L MacDonald) Paperback Book, (Yale University Press, 1988) 9780300034707
Architecture of the Roman Empire: An Urban Appraisal (William L MacDonald) Paperback Book, (Yale University Press, 1988) 9780300034707
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Title: The Architecture of the Roman Empire: An Urban Appraisal

Author: MacDonald, William L

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 1988

Paperback; ISBN: 9780300034707

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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The author of a classic work on the architecture of imperial Rome here broadens his focus to present a fascinating study of urban design in Roman market towns, port cities, veterans' colonies, and major metropolitan centers throughout Europe. MacDonald defines the common elements and themes as well as the enduring qualities of Roman architecture and demonstrates how they worked both as images and in their urban context. His critical evaluation of the Roman urban architectural system raises questions relevant to urban design today."Simply the best book on Roman urbanism [that] I know. ... A formidable breakthrough. It brings to life the genius of Roman urbanism and reveals its continuing relevance for present urban planning and architecture."--Leon Krier, Architects Journal"A splendid and rewarding book by an American authority on the subject examines in depth the nature of Roman town planning."--Thomas Williams, Irish Times Limited"In this very fine book--the successor to his Introductory Study of 1966--William L. MacDonald lays before the reader the physical evidence of what a Roman city was like for its inhabitants. ... The illustrations in An Urban Appraisal, this second volume of The Architecture of the Roman Empire, are superbly chosen, illuminating the text as well as being interesting in themselves. ... It is a joy to find a book so attractively designed, worthy of both its author and his subject."--Martin Henig, Times Literary Supplement"MacDonald convincingly establishes a series of architectural elements shared by all Roman settlements and shows how each settlement was designed to provide an enveloped inner sanctum of structures linked by roads and plazas. ... Lucid and articulate, MacDonald has once again produced a learned work of significant value to the general reader as well as to the informed scholar. ... A unique talent for making the complex comprehensible, a scholarly command of the subject and a facile style of writing enable MacDonald to achieve his avowed purpose: 'to interpret imperial architecture by analyzing its urban purposes and content'. A fine book, against which all future works of its type must be measured."--Henry V. Bender, Classical World"MacDonald's first volume was a seminal study of the rise of Roman imperial architecture; his second is an equally stimulating and significant contribution to our understanding of Roman urbanism. ... The book is beautifully written, at times even poetic. There is no one writing in English about Roman architecture whose prose is more evocative than MacDonald's. ... The book is amply illustrated, and the photographs are of high quality. ... This important book should have the same influence on architectural historians and on students of ancient and modern architecture as did THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, I."--Diana E. E. Kleiner, Journal of Society of Architectural Historians"The result is an ambitious work, the product of a vast amount of travelling, which draws its material freely from much of the Roman Empire. ... This book breaks new ground and should stimulate debate."--Frank B. Sear, Dept. of Classics, University of Adelaide"MacDonald (formerly of Yale and Smith), is well acquainted with Rome's imperial cities. ... He has produced a welldocumented appraisal of the presence of first century C.E. on. Unlike most of his colleagues, MacDonald is concerned with the relationships of buildings to the streets and to the public open spaces that they define. He views such relationships in their historical social and physical context. ... As an excellent scholar he backs up his conclusions with convincing references and remains tentative when in doubt. This is an admirable book, intelligently illustrated in tandem with the text and providing a wellorganized
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