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Vitruvius : writing the body of architecture

Author: Indra Kagis McEwen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
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"Vitruvius's De architectura is the only major work on architecture to survive from classical antiquity, and until the eighteenth century it was the text to which all other architectural treatises referred. While European classicists have focused on the factual accuracy of the text itself, English-speaking architects and architectural theorists have viewed it as a timeless source of valuable metaphors. Departing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
Ouvrages avant 1800
Named Person: Vitruvius Pollio.; Vitruve.; Vitruvius.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Indra Kagis McEwen
ISBN: 0262134152 9780262134156
OCLC Number: 50023655
Description: x, 493 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Indra Kagis McEwen.
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A historical study of Vitruvius's De architectura, showing that his purpose in writing "the whole body of architecture" was shaped by the imperial Roman project of world dominion.  Read more...

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"... An exemplar of scholarship in architectural history... recommended." D. Sachs Choice "This new, rhetorical Vitruvius deserves to be taken seriously... [a] highly original book." Vaughan Hart TLS

 
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