Studies in Roman and Early Christian Architecture


24 x 17 cm
531 pp. 146 illus.
Publication: 1994
ISBN 0 907132 76 6
ISBN-13 978 0 907132 76 9

Book Description

The work of J. B. Ward-Perkins on Roman architecture spanned fifty years, and his numerous published papers covered almost every aspect of the subject. This selection of sixteen studies focuses mainly on the provinces, particularly the North African cities. There are two articles on Roman town-plann├Čng, followed by a study of Nero’s Golden House at Rome. The following nine papers deal with architecture in the provinces. The author’s interest in the excavations under St. Peter’s in Rome resulted in the publication of a number of studies on the development of Early Christian architecture from such Roman models as the basilica and the Imperial mausolea. Five of these papers are included here in the final section on Early Christian architecture. There is a Preface by Professor Roger Ling, and a comprehensive index.


  • Preface by R. Ling
  • The Early Development of Roman Town Planning
  • Early Roman Towns in Italy From Republic to Empire.
  • Reflections on the Early Provincial Design
  • The Caesareum at Cyrene and the Basilica at Cremna
  • Severan Art and Architecture at Lepcis Magna
  • The Art of the Severan Age in the Light of Tripolitanian Discoveries
  • The Arch of Septimius Severus at Lepcis Magna
  • The Hunting-Baths at Lepcis Magna
  • The Architecture of Roman Anatolia: The Roman Contribution
  • The Roman West and the Parthian East
  • Notes on the Structure and Building Methods of Early Byzantine Architecture
  • Constantine and the Origins of the Christian Basilica
  • The Shrine of St. Peter and its Twelve Spiral Columns
  • Imperial Mausolea
  • Memoria, Martyr’s Tomb and Martyr’s Church
  • Index
  • Additional information




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