Roman Architecture Patterns within

Roman Architecture

The Romans were very advanced in everything they did. But their skill for building was absolutely second to none at the time. They didn't build things, willy nilly, they incorporated designs and patterns that add aesthetics. As you will see later they had an acquired taste for... well lets dive in to my article and you will soon found out!


About 400 BCE, the Romans continued Greek architecture and its beauty and might. But what no one thought they would do, is just what they did. They enhanced the ideal and construction type of the Greeks before them. How they did it was combining their buildings with Roman skill. As time went on they developed new, more amazing techniques and did the same thing.

Greek Structures that romans started to adopt.

Math Use in Architecture

Aside from using math to actually engineer the buildings, They used math for Finding Spatial form of a building, to make a lay out of the building and its surroundings on mathematical, religious, and aethstetic reasons. Example: Decorating buildings with mathematical things like tessellations, which were really just cool colorful tiles patterned by math and symmetry.

Roman tessellation.

The specific Math used to make all these was geometry. In Ancient Rome, Buildings like temples and palaces were laid Out in such a way of proportions for religious and aesthetic reasoning.

Patterns in Rome Buildings

Patterns in Roman Architecture are not hard to notice, In the columns and the roofing of many buildings and ruins we have uncovered.

Types of Columns and pieces to them.

Its truly amazing to see stuff like this and think, modern architechs couldn't even build such a beautiful sight really. You can see through the symmetry and the geometry there are patterns of the pillars and patterns even within the pillars themselves. What's amazing, they hold perfect symmetry and calculations on the designs. They would've had to use math to make every pillar look perfect and look the exact same as the other ones. The specific pillars up in the picture above are called scamozzi. The math used to create all these pillars is... Geometry. Yeah, You guessed it. Since you have heard that word all day, I might as well just tell you exactly what it is "Geometry (from the Ancient Greek... geo= earth...-metron "measurement") is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space." Metron means the smallest unit of measurement. But with the definition of geometry, you could fairly infer the math refers to size, relative position (of pillars and roofing and tessellations), and properties of space, and that they use geometry to define spacial form of buildings for aethstetics and religious, and well... mathematical principles.

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