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South American and Central American architecture

By |2018-04-12T08:53:21-07:00September 8th, 2017|Architecture, Central America, South America|

Olmec Pyramid, La Venta, Mexico (500 BC) The earliest big buildings from South America are in Ecuador and Peru, along the Pacific coast. The Norte Chico people and the Valdivia people built stone temples there as early as 3500 BC. Later on, people also built stone buildings in Central America (modern Mexico). Olmec people built them about 1150 [...]

What is a vomitorium? Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05-07:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Vomitorium in the Colosseum in Rome(The roof has fallen in.) You might think a vomitorium must have something to do with barfing, and those stories about Romans eating too much and then making themselves barf so they could eat more. But a vomitorium is really much more boring than that. A vomitorium is called that [...]

Trajan’s Markets – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:46:55-07:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The view from Trajan's Markets After the Forum of Julius Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, later emperors also built more extensions on to the Roman Forum, to make more room for businesses. The emperor Trajan built a new forum about 100 AD. The front of Trajan's Markets, facing his forum and Trajan's Column In the forum, between [...]

Republican temples – ancient Rome – architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:28:32-07:00August 28th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

A victory temple from Republican Rome Like the Egyptians, the West Asians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks and theEtruscans before them, the Romans built many temples for their gods. One of the first buildings we know of in Rome is the Capitoline Temple, which was built on top of the Capitoline Hill under the kings of Rome. It was a temple for three gods, Jupiter, Junoand Minerva. [...]

Temple of Castor and Pollux – Roman forum

By |2018-04-24T23:44:28-07:00August 28th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

These three columns are what is left of the Roman temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum The Temple of Castor and Pollux is at one end of the Roman forum, near the Arch of Septimius Severus. During the battle of Lake Regillus against the Etruscans, in 496 BC, some people said they had seen the [...]

Basilica of Maxentius – Roman architecture

By |2019-02-11T06:23:35-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine in the Roman Forum Where is the Basilica of Maxentius? The Basilica of Maxentius was the last building the emperors built in the Roman Forum before the fall of Rome. What is a basilica? The Roman Forum Roman architecture All our Ancient Rome articles When was it built? The Emperor Maxentius started the basilica in [...]

Roman kitchens – houses in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:37:49-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman cooking braziers - Picture thanks to VROMA Poor Romans in the countryside most often lived with their whole family in one room of a small apartment building. So they didn't have a separate kitchen. Instead, they cooked over a small fire or on a charcoal brazier, either in the courtyard or in their room (if [...]

Roman bedrooms – ancient Rome

By |2019-02-11T10:01:23-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Etruscan bed-frame (in the Vatican Museum, Rome) What did Roman beds look like? This is an Etruscan bed-frame. Roman bed-frames were pretty much the same. It would have had a mattress on top of it, stuffed with feathers or straw, and wool blankets. This frame is made of bronze, so it has lasted and we can see it. History of straw [...]

Nero’s Golden House – Domus Aurea – Rome

By |2019-07-09T23:32:50-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The inside of Nero's Golden House: it's very dark! Why was Nero building a new palace? After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new palace right in the middle of downtown Rome. He called his new [...]

The Roman forum – Roman architecture

By |2019-06-12T06:27:25-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Basilica Julia, Rome - in the Roman forum What was a Roman forum? At the center of most Roman cities was a big open space called the Forum. People met there to do business, to sell things and buy things, to see their friends, to find out about the news, and even to go [...]