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The Pantheon_design_meaning_progeny nameless

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Sofia Georgiadou ARCH 210 2pm Febuary 15, 2008 The Pantheon by MacDonald: a critique Introduction: The Pantheon, a towering masterpiece stands as a marvel of ancient Roman history. The riddles that are locked in its faded structure represent the mystery of the ancient Roman culture. Envisioning it in its full glory is only a dream that a historian would attempt to conqueror. Even then its actuality would be but a mere photograph. William Mac Donald attempts produce such a picture in his book, The Pantheon: Design, Meaning, and Progeny. The book effectively commemorates and details the Pantheon connecting the little known now to a past that hopefully will one day be understood. Summary: The Pantheon is an ancient marvel for the modern times, piecing together past and present architecture. The structure that remains speaks volumes to the ingenious designers of Hadrian’s rule. The Pantheon’s circular rotunda is traceable back to Nero’s octagonal Golden House Palace. The Pantheon in a similar manner was formed with new techniques, such as concrete and double vaulting. The structure’s members unite in a spherical design placed, so that precisely half is in a concentric circle of a cylinder. The diameter of the sphere is the height from the center of the oculus to the center of the tiled floors as well as the diameter of the cylinder’s base. The design was for awhile forgotten until the European Renaissance cultivated
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interest in the Romans and the significance of Pantheon(108). Since then the Pantheon has had a firm stronghold in the cultural aspirations in maintaining a symbolic balance between the religious, rulers, and the states. Symmetry is reflected everywhere, as are the questions that remain. These questions have not been answered because of the lost translation from the ancient generations. One lost aspect is an understanding of the Pantheon’s original religious connotations. Pantheon means all gods, but nothing sculptural of that fact remains.
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