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Roman Architecture and Early Christianity

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University of Alberta
Art History
ART H101
Hoyne Santa- Balazs

Arch of Constantine early 4th CE, dedicated by the senate. Also used it as a staging device, called a triumph involving the army and loot. Constantineʼs arch is interesting bc it used recycled elements, to remind people of health and life in the empire in the past. Used to remind ppl of the past bc it is now the beginning of the end. To remind Constantine what made Rome great was sticking to Roman values. SPOLIAS: Round medallions, despoiling something, wrecking something to make something new to make a historical point. has nothing to do w shape SERIFS: text convention still in use today, pointy endings on the end of letters, creating micro shadows making text much more readable INSULA: urban houses, like the apartment building. high density, for plebs. common kitchens on ground floor, common latrines, made of Bricks and concrete. Ground floor was also commercial, taverns pubs etc. few windows, small if there were. DOMUS: Single family 1-2 story villa/home. Not in high density Rome POMPEII!!!!! It was a port city for every 7 citizens there was a prostitute in to match, not as densely pop as Rome. BC of the explosion we have an idea of the Roman Domus. Full self contained structures, open feel, for the layout not a lot of compartmentalized spaces, and were open upwards, over a pool in the middle, allowed for easy ligh
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