|The basic architectural gifts left us by the Romans.|
|The oldest and best preserved example of Roman architecture |
in the "Eternal City" today.
|The Roman insula--no elevators, no air conditioning, no |
privacy, and not much in the way of sanitation or security.
|The street frontage usually featured small shops.|
|Though they may not have been all that attractive from the |
outside, the homes of more wealthy Romans housed within their
thick masonry walls a relaxed, secure, pleasant world of their
own replete with many of the creature comforts we enjoy today.
|The Roman country villa. Notice that in such estates the |
courtyard is minimally walled and located in front of the
main dwelling, which is awash with trading activities
and social intercourse.
|The size and architectural grandeur of a city's baths reflected|
the size and affluence of its population.
|Once a hotbed of thrills, death, and destruction, the Circus Maximus area is now a long, grassy urban park often filled with picnickers.|
|The Roman amphitheater raised showmanship and mechanical|
stagecraft to levels not seen again until the opening of the Paris
Opera House more than a thousand years later.
|Depending upon the region, the Romanesque style evolved into the Gothic or the Baroque architecture of the Medieval and Post-Renaissance eras.|
|In case you were wondering...|