|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...