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Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius…

Ten Books on Architecture

by Vitruvius Pollio

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The only full treatise on architecture and its related arts to survive from classical antiquity, the De Architectura libri decem (Ten Books on Architecture) is the single most important work of architectural history in the Western world, having shaped humanist architecture and the image of the architect from the Renaissance to the present. This new, critical edition of Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture is the first to be published for an English-language audience in more than half a century. Expressing the range of Vitruvius' style, the translation, along with the critical commentary and illustrations, aims to shape a new image of the Vitruvius who emerges as an inventive and creative thinker, rather than the normative summarizer, as he was characterized in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.… (more)



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decir que me he leído este libro entero es decir una mentira pero es que estoy hasta el gorro de Vitrubio ya
  feverell | May 19, 2020 |
Vitruvius — Roman Engineer, Architect. He gives thorough detail of how Romans built their houses. He’s writing the book to Caeser. He starts by sharing how Architects need a wide variety of knowledge from music, astronomy, geometry, history. We don’t learn astronomy these days. But I suspect it had something to do with Astrology or signs. He boils down the principles of Architecture to Order, Arrangement, Eurythmy [ systematic movement of parts in reciting poetry or some literature ] and Economy.

He goes to explain in detail about each of these. He uses the word, “forms of expression.” He would say, forms of expression of arrangement are ground-plan, elevation, perspective. I like how he used this word. Anyway — next he goes to explain; Departments of Architecture, Materials, Temples, Forums, Houses, Floor, How to Find Water, Astrology, and Machines. It’s interesting to connect music with architecture, he gives a detailed explanation of how a theatre is connected to each rhythm of the music.

I was curious about how to find Water. I really wonder if his method works. I'm not sure. Overall, a good introduction to Architectural Principles.

Deus Vult,
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  gottfried_leibniz | Oct 4, 2019 |
A seminal work on Architecture, which will also help you understand Roman History. Wow, being an Architect was hard!
  AtrixWolfe | Jun 30, 2013 |
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Pollio, Vitruviusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dalmas, AndréEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hersbach, TheclaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssen, JacquesDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martini, Francesco di GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morgan, Morris HickeyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perrault, ClaudeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peters, TonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schofield, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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1. The architect should be equipped with knowledge of many branches of study and varied kinds of learning, for it is by his judgement that all work done by the other arts is put to test. This knowledge is the child of practice and theory. Practice is the continuous and regular exercise of employment where manual work is done with any necessary material according to the design of a drawing. Theory, on the other hand, is the ability to demonstrate and explain the productions of dexterity on the principles of proportion.
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The original Latin title was “De architectura”.
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