The tremendous beauty and ingenuity of Roman architecture remained a visual testament of a culture that rose to power and became a dominant force that conquered and governed a vast empire spanning Europe, Asia Minor and Northern Africa. Since Roman architects assimilated Greek and Etruscan styles with their own, developing excellent engineering skill, we can still marvel at their spectacular achievements today.
Such illustrations are the massive Colosseum ruins and the remarkable Pantheon, which still holds church services. Because many architects of the past admired Roman art and architecture, we can find many distinctive traces throughout the United States as well.
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[...] Echoes of Roman architecture still resonate within in America through arches. The arch itself preceded Roman time; however, they adapted the technology, relieving them of the Greek's post and lintel system. Obviously, the Roman's adjusted the design to allow building materials like bricks and stone to withhold much tension. What gives their arch such distinction, besides its semi-circular span, is that all the bricks or stones were cemented, pushing outward and downward. Proof of engineering methods is the illustrious Pont du Gard aqueduct near Nîmes, France (PSU, 2001). [...]
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