Roman Architecture

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The White House, The Capitol Building, The Lincoln Memorial, all these things have been affected by ancient Roman architecture. This ancient Roman architecture came to be around the time period of the Pax Romana in the Roman Empire. It was a time of great wealth and prosperity for the empire which brought it into a time of a sort of golden age for architecture. This type of architecture was influenced by the ancient Greeks, but it took their ideas and transformed them to better advantage their own empire. These ideas and works are still being used today in our society in some of the most influential buildings of our time. The Romans were a very creative society that worked to build greater and more magnificent things than had ever been…show more content…
This dome created magnificent structures with huge areas underneath them. These structures helped define the romans and the structures they created during their time period. The Roman Empire was one of the first to create massive amounts of roads that connected one end of the empire to the other. Their first and primary reason for the building of these roads was to transport their armies quickly across massive distances. Overtime, these roads were first created with gravel and dirt, but as technology improved so did the roads that they could build. They began to build them with stone and they cambered for drainage which meant that the roads didn’t need to be maintained as often. These roads manufactured a more complex and dynamic economy that increased the wealth that flowed within the empire. This is one of the first times in documented in history that people, in large numbers, used roads to establish their power over a wide range of land. The use of roads by the Romans was recreated by almost every empire and republic that followed them because of the immense amounts of success that the Romans had with it.
The Romans used the arches to create structures called aqueducts. These aqueducts combined a series of arches one after the other and extended them on for mile after mile. These aqueducts would have an incredibly small incline to keep the water flowing at a constant rate but not so fast that it would be
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