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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 [...]

Roman architecture – ancient Rome

By |2018-05-08T09:01:38-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman architecture: the bath building of Domitian's palace in Rome Arches, brick, and concrete One of the things the Romans are most famous for is their architecture. And it's true that the Romans brought a lot of new ideas to architecture. The three most important ideas are the arch, the baked brick, and the use of cement and concrete. Etruscan architecture [...]

The Pantheon – Roman Architecture – Ancient Rome

By |2019-04-08T18:57:21-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Hadrian's Pantheon from the outside. Built in Rome, around 120 AD. Who built the Roman Pantheon? In the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus, about 10 BC, one of his generals, a man named Agrippa, built a temple in the middle of downtown Rome "to all the gods". A temple to all the gods is a Pantheon, which [...]

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 houses – Ancient Rome

By |2019-08-22T15:32:41-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman houses: A model of a typical house (from Egypt) Living in one room Most people in the Roman Empire lived with their whole family in one room of a sort of small apartment house. These were built, like many cheap apartment houses in the United States today, around two or three sides of a courtyard, [...]

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 [...]