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This lavish building was dismantled after little more than a month. Some of the huge columns were then installed in the atrium of Scaurus' house on the Palatine. (Pliny, NH, XXXVI. 5-6, 49-50, 13-15). There were those who considered that this new extravagance in 1 ARCHITECTURE 48 building materials was truly immoral, but the cause of modesty and restraint was to be lost. Private architecture set and maintained the pace. Lucius Crassus, consul in 95 BC, was the first to have columns of foreign marble in his house.

Date uncertain (late 2nd to mid-3rd century AD? 35 ARCHITECTURE 36 overlooking the Circus Maximus. Impressive as its remains still are, imagination is necessary to replace the marble veneer upon the brick- work and the vaults and ceilings above the walls, and so fo recreate the shining and many-coloured surfaces, the lofty spaces, the intriguing vistas, the contrasting shapes of solid structure and contained space, which provided the setting for empire so long as there were emperors in Rome. The interior of the great Audience Hall had a shallow central apse for the Imperial throne, opposite the main entrance in the middle of the Forum facade.

A recent stuck of the Maison Carree at Nimes has shown tint two quite different modular dimensions were employed in its design: the height of the architrave, which determined those of the whole entablature and of the podium of the temple; and the spacing of the columns. for the which determined the longitudinal dimensions, the height of the columns equal to the square of the intercolumniation and that of the frontal elevation. The column diameter was not a priman unit in this sophisticated scheme; it was equal to the difference between the two modules.

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