ART 101 Roman and Greek Architecture

ART 101 Roman and Greek Architecture - The Parthenon is...

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(1) Title: Greek and Roman Architecture Name: Jordan Miller Course: ART 101 Due Date: Friday, September 03, 2010 Instructor: Tina LePage
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(2) To compare and contrast Greek and Roman architecture, I must start with two of the most widely known examples of each. Two of the single most notable forms of architecture in the world are the Colosseum and the Parthenon. The Colosseum began construction in 70 AD and was finished by 80 AD and represented the power held by the Roman Empire during those times and even today. The Colosseum was built to originally be an amphitheater, but gained its notoriety as a battlefield for gladiators. Either way, it served as an entertainment venue for 50,000 people. The next form of architecture is the Parthenon, built by the Athenians for the Greek goddess Athena as a temple. Construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC.
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Unformatted text preview: The Parthenon is believed to be one of the most significant spectacular forms of Greek architecture, as it was not only created for a God, but also serves as testament to the supreme architectural creativity of Greek architects. The Romans took a lot of the Greek style and influence from Greek architecture. An example would be the use of columns in many architectural structures. The Colosseum and Parthenon are two great examples of this comparison. They both used columns as a basic piece of the structure being built. The materials used for building, however, were much different. The Roman Empire felt it necessary to showcase the power and wealth they possessed, so they used a lot of marble. The Greeks did not see so much need to showcase wealth through materials, but chose to do it through the architectural structures themselves....
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