Hey everyone. Again, I’m just posting this for Rich…He also wanted me to share with you guys that he’s been going to this place called well-centered fitness and he plans to get married in two days! Guess that’s why he’s exercising in order to calm his nerves … I sure would be, haha. Anyway, here’s the lecture:
“I started my lecture series in the Greco-Romans Classics yesterday with a lecture about architecture. Greek and Roman original and influenced architecture can still be seen in the modern world. It is only very recent that architectural development has started to move away from the Greco-Roman style. This architectural style was almost lost to the world after the Roman Empire fell as all interest was lost in public buildings during the Dark Ages. It was only during the Renaissance era when thinkers started to study the ancient world when the Greco-Roman style was reintroduced to society.
When the Romans conquered the Greeks, is when the Romans absorbed a lot of the architectural styles from the Greeks. The Romans acquired many of the Greek engineers and architects and made use of them to expand the empire. The Romans built some magnificent building and it is unfortunate that so few survived through time. Some structures never go out of style and Greco-Roman architectural design falls in that category. This design style is also not appropriate for every project as it will be rather costly, but larger scale homes or projects can benefit from this style.
The scale to which buildings of the Greek and Romans empires were built is still astounding. They did not have all the equipment available today, but still they managed enormous projects. Many buildings during the Greco-Roman era were built in honour of or for one of their gods. They therefore had to be larger than life.
Temples built during that era consisted of seven basic parts.
- A porch or steps to the front entrance.
- The stylobate or base. A raised platform supporting multiple columns.
- Capitals or the decorative part at the top of a column.
- The architrave or slab above the columns
- Bas reliefs depicting something about the temple
- The pediment or triangular shaped slab roof
Looking at buildings today, the most common similarity between them would be columns. Other architectural structures like archways and domes also come from the Greco-Roman era and can be seen in modern day designs. Looking at probably the most renowned house in the world, The White House, one would easily see the similarities of modern architecture to that of the Greco-Roman era. Many older towns around the world would sport a few buildings containing Greco-Roman influence. When you drive through your own neighbourhood, take a close look at all the different houses. You will notice the Greco-Roman influence in many.”