Origins, Classicism and The New Rome
Routledge – 2007 – 876 pages
Series: Architecture in Context
The first in a new series of five books describing and illustrating the seminal architectural traditions of the world, Antiquity traces architectural history from its very beginnings until the time when the traditions that shape today’s environments began to flourish.
More than a catalogue of buildings, in this work Tadgell provides their political, technological, social and cultural contexts and explores architecture, not only as the development of form and space but as an expression of the civilization within which it evolves. The buildings are analyzed and illustrated with over 1200 colour photographs and 400 drawings while the societies that produced them are brought to life through a broad selection of their artefacts.
'[The first in] a grand survey of the whole of world architecture.'– The Times
Prologue: Origins Part 1: West Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean 1.1 The Fertile Crescent and the Nile Valley 1.2 The Aegean, Anatolia and the Aryans 1.3 Issues From a Dark Age Part 2: Pre-Columbian America 2.1 Mesoamerica 2.2 The Andean Littoral Part 3: The Classical World 3.1 Hellenic Order 3.2 Macedonians and the East 3.3 Republican Rome and its Mentors 3.4 Augustan Rome and its Empire Part 4: Christianity and Empire 4.1 Rome and New Romes 4.2 Justinian and the Apotheosis of Byzantium. Epilogue: The Last Half Millennium of Byzantium
Christopher Tadgell taught architectural history for almost thirty years before devoting himself full-time to writing and research, travelling the world to examine and photograph buildings from every tradition and period.