Roman Architecture : The Temple Of Apollo

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After the Etruscan’s rule of Italy, Rome adopted much of their culture, and as a result many aspects of their architecture. Because the Roman style of architecture had developed over many years, once they adopted their ways of building, they rarely changed it. A case in which the Romans used some Etruscan elements in their building is the Capitoline Temple in Rome. However, a very important exception of this is how they adopted greek elements that they liked into their style. Once the Romans came in contact with the Greeks, they used some of their components, but they always stayed true to their design. One instance in which this is shown, is the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii. It is a rectangular building with Doric columns surrounding the entire structure, as well as a large and intricate statue of Apollo, which are both hallmarks of Greek architecture. Unlike the Romans, the Greeks embellished the outside of their buildings rather than the inside. Roman temples often had ornamentation on the inside to make a spectacle for the public once they enter. An illustration of this is in the Pantheon. It is simple on the outside with a perimeter of Greek Corinthian columns, but on the inside, the immense dome with coffering and the intricately laid tiles on the floor make the inside breathtaking for all who enters. Because of this, Greek temples were approached by a corner in order not to ruin the facade of the temple. But because the Romans placed the importance on the inside of the
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