The Most Part Of Roman History

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The most part of Roman history are remembered as its monumental structures that stood for millennia. One often wondered how it is possible for such large scale architecture to be standing against the test of time. It is the use of concrete. The endurance of intact constructions such as the Pantheon evinces the concretes’ durability, the durability that preserves the mechanical properties which resulting in the monuments’ continued survival .This paper discusses the implication 1 of Roman concrete from the production, the mechanical properties to the social and cultural context of concrete in imperial Rome. Rome, situated on the Tiber River between the two volcanic districts, the Monti Sabatini to the North, and the Colli Albani to the South, obtains most of its building stones from the volcanoes. 2 Building materials such as pozzolana, a kind of reddish volcanic sands, limestone and rubble that are found near Rome, are crucial to concrete 1 Brune, PF, AI Ingraffea, MD Jackson, and R Perucchio. 2012. The toughness of Imperial Roman concrete. Proc., 7th Int. Conf. on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures. Korea Concrete Institute, Seoul. 2 2 Lancaster, Lynne C. 2005. Concrete vaulted construction in Imperial Rome: innovations in context. Cambridge University Press, August 8. 7 1 production. Vitruvius wrote in his Ten Books of architecture that “[This] substance (pozzolana), when mixed with lime and rubble... lends strength to buildings of other kinds… [which]
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