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Greek and Roman Architecture in Classic Drawings Paperback – March 4, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486404919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486404912
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Abrams VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
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This is a great collection of classical Greek and Roman architectural reconstructions from the book - "Fragments d'Architecture Antique" - published by Hector d'Espouy (1854-1929) in 1905. The book presents some of the drawings rendered by participants in the French "Prix de Rome" art and architecture scholarship program which ran from 1663 to 1968.

The printing is not excellent, but very good considering the price. The selections show a true care and attention to detail in bringing these design elements back to life. The ancient world was amazing, in a way that we often ignore today in our modern age of machinery and computer-aided design. Certainly, we're more advanced in many areas. But take a good, long look at what these earlier socieities created out of stone, with simple tools, and you'll be quite impressed.

There is a more expensive book on this subject, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, entitled "Ruins of Ancient Rome: The Drawings of French Architects Who Won the Prix De Rome 1786-1924" that manages to outdo this one in my opinion. But considering the price difference, this is understandable. In any case, I still enjoy this book, as it presents Greek elements not present in the other. You'll see studies of the Parthenon, the Precinct of Demeter at Eleusis, the Temple of Asclepius at Epidaurus, and so on. You'll also take a brief look outside Greece and Rome to the Mausoleum of Mausolus at Halicarnassus.

Overall, this is an excellent view into the architectural world of the ancients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By j.p.norman on March 11, 2008
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the illustrations in this book are amazing, better than any photo.the buildings are depticted as they were when they were built (reconstructed). highly recommended for anyone interested in classical architecture (especially the architecture student).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom S on July 22, 2008
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If you are interested in classical architecture and/or ornament, this is a truly spectacular work at an unbeatable price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Teague on January 26, 2010
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This book is a treasure for the traditional or classical architect and students, both professionals or the lay hobbyists. The renderings are flawless, and the subject matter covers the highlights of the truly antique architecture of Greece and Rome. A must-have.
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By Cristina on August 20, 2010
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I cannot stop raving about this book. Finally a book from which to learn about shadows and shade! I cannot live without it!
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