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Unformatted text preview: ere made and by whom. The majority of the bricks in the Pantheon are from 125 CE. With this building we’ll see just how much the Romans were able to accomplish using brick and concrete: the Pantheon is one of the great engineering wonders of the ancient world! But before we look at its construction, I’d like to tell you a little about the history of this building and its original setting.
If you look at the general view of the façade on the left of this slide, you’ll notice that there is an inscription across the front. Translated, it reads: “Marcus Agrippa, having been consul three times, built it.” (*) Marcus Agrippa wasn’t a contemporary of Hadrian’s: he was the son‐in‐law of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. The inscription is therefore honorific, emphasizing that the Pantheon occupied the site of an earlier building built by Agrippa, and also tying Hadrian to a respected predecessor. There is also another inscription on the building, much smaller, that refers to re...
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course PL SC 101 taught by Professor Web during the Summer '11 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
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