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M appearance of rough-hew n robustness. There are Republican precedents in Italy, and a brief vogue lor it in Rome in the mid-first was used in (he low ei' part of the Porta Maggiore cnt in \ \d. where and on the ten ace arcades of the Temple of Claudius. The influence of such buildings on Renaissance architects was far greater than their opus quadratum. is rusticated masonry, that laid like ashlar, but with it ( significance in the context ol Roman architecture as a whole. Rustiea- found occasionally in the provinces; the aqueduct ofSegovia (Frontispiece) and the lower part of the pressure tower of that at Aspendos provide suitable examples of the structures to which it added a rugged dignity.

There, the use of brick, as brick, was merel) structural. Later, even Corinthian capitals and the dentils and ovolos ol cornice mouldings, as well as the Basilica at architech-ri; 27. Villa at Sette Finestre. Early 1st century BC. ) 43 pilasters, string courses and pediments, were built up from moulded or carved fired brick. As such well-known examples as the entrance to the Horrea Epagathiana et Epaphroditiana at Ostia show us with especial clarity, this was essentially a translation into brick of the manner of architectural decoration proper to other materials: stone structures, in some cases; in others, as was noted above in the exedra of Trajan's Market, the non-structural ornament of stucco and wall painting.

Verona. Later 1st century AD. 20. Arch of Trajan, Benevento. 21. Djem AD 114. Amphitheatre, El (Thysdrus). Date uncertain (late 2nd to mid-3rd century AD? 35 ARCHITECTURE 36 overlooking the Circus Maximus. Impressive as its remains still are, imagination is necessary to replace the marble veneer upon the brick- work and the vaults and ceilings above the walls, and so fo recreate the shining and many-coloured surfaces, the lofty spaces, the intriguing vistas, the contrasting shapes of solid structure and contained space, which provided the setting for empire so long as there were emperors in Rome.

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