The Domus Aurea and the Roman Architectural Revolution by Larry F. Ball

By Larry F. Ball

Nero's palace, the Domus Aurea (Golden House), is an influential development within the background of Roman structure. since it has been incompletely studied and poorly understood due to the fact its most crucial sections have been excavated within the Thirties, Larry Ball's learn of the palace contains a wanted entire research of its masonry, layout, and plentiful old literary proof. Highlighting the progressive thoughts of the Domus Aurea, Ball outlines their implications for the later improvement of Roman concrete structure.

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Wing, as indicated by the filled door in the north wall of Room 17 and the closed off corridor that originally ran north from Room 18. The design of the individual rooms in the West End Group is a type common throughout the Esquiline Wing, called a sellarium. This is a large, well-lit room with a function not architecturally defined. Sellaria are simple rectangles, usually lined up side by side, as in the West End Group. They are longitudinally barrel vaulted and open onto a courtyard or open space at one end through a large door, commonly with a window above.

Room 39: Overview of the west side. L–R: Type E masonry with large doorway to the West Court; seam between Type E and Type C (to the right of the meter); Type C with small doorway to Corridor 19; doorway, with arched lintel, to Staircase 38. retaining wall had a spur that reached out towards something, and whatever that was got in the way of Severus and Celer. 1). 2. THE TYPE D PHASE AND ASSOCIATED PRE-NERONIAN REMAINS The distantly pre-Neronian Type D project is the first masonry phase in the Pentagonal Court area, with all adjacent masonry abutting it.

More important, the same was true for any preNeronian architect. The process is difficult to sense in the West Block, because the pre-Neronian remains there happen to have been retaining walls already, so Severus and Celer simply razed everything back to that neat surface and worked from a completely clean slate to the south of it.

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