Penseé - Nixon Olivia Nixon Astrid...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Nixon Olivia Nixon Astrid Reeves History LA 211 17 February 2010 Penseé: An Engineering Accomplishment Being an engineering major, I decided I should look at some piece of historical landscape architecture through the eyes of an engineer for my penseé. As we discussed in class, the roads in the Ancient Roman Empire really were an amazing feat. It was true that “all roads lead to Rome” for there was over 250,000 miles of roads in the roman roadway system spanning across the entire empire; also about 50,000 miles of road in the Roman Empire was paved. The Roman civil engineers obviously did something right because many of these roadways are intact and still in use today. Via munitas, the main roads that were paved with rectangular blocks of or with blocks of lava, show the degree of the civil engineering by the Romans. First of all, most of the roads were perfectly straight. This was achieved by the civil engineer using his naked eye and the use of a rod and a groma to obtain straight lines and right angles. Also the roads were level, or as close as
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course LA 211 taught by Professor Reeves during the Winter '11 term at Cal Poly.

Page1 / 3

Penseé - Nixon Olivia Nixon Astrid...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online