The Importance Of Roman Architecture

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The Romans were well-known for their engineering skills, having constructed engineering marvels standing till date. Their engineering skills were revolutionary and despite their achievements, the Romans have been accused of failing aesthetically. I believe to term Roman architecture as failure aesthetically is extreme, because of the aqueducts, the amphitheatre and the Roman temples were exemplary examples to justify their case.
The Romans started building aqueducts because it was a necessity used to carry water supply from sources into the cities. According to Anderson (2012), the primary purpose of the aqueducts was to transport water from valleys into town, but they were still a “civic pride in the Roman world” and not neglected aesthetically. He added that “the bridges and viaducts that were needed to carry water supplies across valleys were thought of as necessities to be regretted, not architectural glories to be admired and encouraged” and “when we consider aqueducts for their architecture, we are doing something that those who built and worked with them would probably have considered absurd.” He felt the Pont du Gard was a mixed piece of architecture from the Romans, because the main concern was to build the aqueducts on unsuitable terrains. Aesthetically, it is evident from the arches on the top, when they were “carefully disposed so that they seem to respond arithmetically to the large ones beneath.”

I believe the Roman Empire was a forward-thinking and practical
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