Greek and Roman Architecture Comparison Essay by Champ

Greek and Roman Architecture
This paper discusses and compares Greek and Roman architecture.
# 99024 | 1,559 words | 6 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2007 in Architecture (Ancient) , History (Greek and Roman) , Architecture (History)

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In this article, the writer notes that Greek architecture has long been identified with the creation of the three classic architectural orders, the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. The writer points out that Greek temples were not directly linked to the orders but show basic features that are much alike. The writer then discusses that Roman architecture reflects a way of public and private life, borrowing elements from the Greeks and the Etruscans. The writer concludes that Greek architecture is more limited in scope and adheres more closely to ideas of unity and symmetry, more like chamber music. The writer maintains that Roman architecture is more expansive and more inclusive, balancing different elements in the manner of the symphony.

From the Paper:

"The Greeks studied proportions to secure a general harmony in the relative massiveness or slenderness of all the parts as well as a mathematical relation between their dimensions. This process could be likened to that involved in chamber music, where harmony among the elements is controllable with the limited number of instruments and the unity of musical elements."
"R.W. Livingstone cites some of the differences between the Greek and Roman approaches to architecture in terms of the Greek dedication to the architectural order as the vocabulary of Greek architecture, stating ... "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Edgell, George Harold and Fiske Kimball. A History of Architecture. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1918.
  • Grabar, Andre. Byzantium: From the Death of Theodosius to the Rise of Islam. London: Thames and Hudson, 1966.
  • Livingstone, R. W. The Legacy of Greece. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1921.
  • Roth, Leland M. Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1993.
  • Sear, Frank. Roman Architecture. London: Routledge, 1998.

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