Roman Architecture : Greek Architecture

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Roman architecture was a very large part of Roman culture. Architecture in Rome was not solely created by the Romans, but was influenced greatly by other cultures such as the Greeks and the Etruscans.This is demonstrated by the examples of other civilization’s architecture within the Roman Empire.The combination of the cultures led to new types and styles of architecture, helping to create a style of Roman architecture which showed influences of Greece and the Etruscans. Roman architecture has its own elements and techniques while reflecting the influence of other cultures architecture on their own. Roman architecture was largely influenced by other cultures, especially in its early stages, the two main influencers were Greece and the…show more content…
Temples within Rome, however were influenced by both cultures even though they had almost opposite views on how they should be built. Greek temples were built to have more of a look and sense of noble solidity. Etruscan temples, however were the opposite and were kept more wide open and carried more a feeling of unknown with them, which is what the Romans were mainly influenced by. Since both different cultures were located around Rome they could largely influence Rome moderately easily due to exposure to their architecture and culture. When building, Romans used quite a few different materials for certain aspects of architecture. “Long before concrete made its appearance on the building scene in Rome, the Romans utilized a volcanic stone native to Italy called Tufa to construct their buildings” ( Dr. Jessica Ambler). When the Romans did use concrete, they didn’t see it as very appealing or stunning. So, instead of leaving it bare, they usually covered it with other materials such as brick and tiles. Romans were never a big fan of marble either, they found it too extravagant so instead they used a different material in its place called travertine. Travertine was a substance that looked very similar to marble due to its color. In 2nd century B.C.E. Romans began using it as you would marble for constructing general buildings. After the ruling of Augustus, marble began gaining more popularity and was used as a building material a lot
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