- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521002923
- ISBN-13: 978-0521002929
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the translators appear to have taken a few liberties with the text. First, since Vitruvius is a historical work as well as a canon of Classicism, an honest modern-day translation must relate not only to its period, but also to subsequent periods in order to be understood in terms of the nearer to present and Vitruvius' own time. The translators' choice of ridding the text of the translation "the Orders" for Vitruvius' original choice of "genus" is bad enough, but when you observe that this translation has been rendered as "type" instead, it has the potential of blending in with unintended references in the text to type as well as being confused with common modern/Modernist discursions into what type is. The translators should have indicated their theories about what they thought would be a correct interpretation of the Roman word "genus" at the beginning of their notes, not by making a deliberate decision to diverge from the customary content of the text.
Second, this translation appears to fail to take into account some aspects of military culture which have influenced the text.Read more ›
As for the electronic edition itself, it is somewhat poorly executed. Some characters were wrongly read by the OCR machine. It doesn't imper the reading much, but some more careful editing would have been welcomed, especially since the text can be found elsewhere for free.
Overall, I would be searching for another electronic copy of Vitruvius' works.
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Ordered twice before being made aware that book does not come with dust jacket...Big disappointment...Have not as yet read same.Published on August 28, 2013 by Gaius Terrentius Varro
After watching the British TV program it was imperative to purchase this book. I intend to replicate some of the ancient processes. An amazing man this Vitruvius.Published on November 11, 2011 by Lecram