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Later in the second century, however, the influence of Eastern architects and masons in the West becomes One such case, the Syrian features of the 'Temple of Diana' at Nimes, has already been noted. An even more spectacular example, in its context, is the Temple of Venus and Rome increasingly apparent. which Hadrian dedicated at Rome in AD 1 35. It is ironic that it was this strong Eastern influences, which occasioned the Syrian Apollodorus' fatal quarrel with the Emperor. Proconnesian building, with its marble (from Marmora) was used for the superstructure, the traditional Roman podium was lacking, and the architectural ornament has a strong similarity with that of the Temple of Trajan at Per- gamum.

In Roman society, the credit for a building to be due to those who had conceived, commissioned and financed it, rather than to the technician who converted the patron's intention into bricks and mortar. The architect C. Iulius Lacer, named in the dedicatory inscription of the bridge which he built for Trajan across the Tagus at Alcantara, is one of the rare exceptions. 29 ft is true that Roman administrators, aristocrats, and even such emperors as Hadrian, might have their own decided, well-informed and practical views about architecture.

ARCHITECTURE 30 not merely to serve as an inert filling stones of a wall or vault, but to stand weight: though in practice, a with stone or brick. opus caementicium, material between the facing up on its own and to carry great Roman concrete wall was normally The Romans faced called a construction of this material from the aggregate of stones (caementa) which were laid in the lime mortar. It will here should be understond that poured, and in that sense is this be called simply 'concrete', but it Roman concrete was laid and not not identical with the modern building material.

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