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Roman Architecture and Its Principles of Construction Under the Empire



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In Giovanni Teresio Rivoira's (1849-1919) Roman Architecture and Its Principles of Construction Under the Empire , he informs readers that he studied the principles of architecture by adopting the "role of archaeologist, architect, and historian." From his early engineering studies at the University of Turin and throughout his working life, Rivoira devoted his time developing and verifying his theory that the "Lombardic vaulted basilica...depended on the principles of construction discovered and practiced by the architects of Imperial Rome." In an evolutionary sense, the inherent principles culminated in the vaulted Gothic cathedral, playing a pivotal role in later architectural styles (Rivoira biographical note xxii).