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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture

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Traditional wall fountain and stone basin

Rustic water feature An ancient stone trough, with a lion-shaped spout, turns a rustic garden wall into an unusual water feature

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Dome of the Pantheon [These are not purely decorative. The Romans, masters of concrete as they were, used progressively lighter compositions of concrete, starting with base gravel and eventually broken pumice at the top to scale the density of the material with the weight they supported. These are another weight shaving technique!]

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Roman engineering - the roads. The Romans built the finest roads in antiquity. A deep trench was dug, into which was laid a layer of flat stones; next, stones in mortar, topped by concrete or sand or more stones. Finally, cobbles were set in mortar. The edges, unpaved on both sides, functioned as sidewalks.

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Interior of the great hall, Markets of Trajan, Rome, Italy, ca. 100–112 CE. This is a great space even by today's standards.

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Daily from Italy

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy . . . built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Impressive!

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Cross-section of an insulae (the Latin word for island). Concrete and brick building with wooden roofs. Built around small courtyards with shops and taverns on the ground floor and living quarters above.

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Interior of the Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple built in honor of Roman gods. Constructed of concrete, it features a large dome with an oculus of 43.3 meters (142 ft) in diameter

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