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By Martin Henig

ISBN-10: 080141539X

ISBN-13: 9780801415395

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In Roman society, the credit for a building to be due to those who had conceived, commissioned and financed it, rather than to the technician who converted the patron's intention into bricks and mortar. The architect C. Iulius Lacer, named in the dedicatory inscription of the bridge which he built for Trajan across the Tagus at Alcantara, is one of the rare exceptions. 29 ft is true that Roman administrators, aristocrats, and even such emperors as Hadrian, might have their own decided, well-informed and practical views about architecture.

3 Hadrian is known to have had a well-developed amateur interest in architecture, and certainly tried his hand at designing. He was once confident enough to interrupt an architectural discussion between Trajan and his architect Apollodorus of Damascus, who rudely told him to go and draw pumpkins (Dio Cassius, lxix. 4). The story has added point if the 'pumpkins' were in fact Apollodorus' way of referring to segmental domes of the kind which Hadrian would later, when emperor, have the satisfaction of seeing built at Tivoli.

It has been shown that this structure could not have been vaulted in concrete, but it might have carried a lighter covering. 10 An even more elaborate use of curvilinear walls, recesses and screens of columns is to be found in the building on the central island of the circular Maritime Theatre (111. 22). If the time of Augustus was characterized above as a formative period for Roman architecture, that of Hadrian could with equal justice be described as one of crowning achievement. He travelled widely throughout the Empire, and more will be said below about some of the provincial buildings associated with his name, which include his library and arch at Athens, his temple at Ephesus, and his wall in Britain.

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