(2.) Vitruvius Pollio
, Marcus (1960), Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture.
"We have a time machine to the best of our ability," says Professor Dai Morgan Evans, the academic who, armed with De Architectura (On Architecture) by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
, provided the project's historical expertise.
Nothing unusual about that of course, as most architectural writers devote much space to them, and their ancient forebear Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
gave the first impulse to such an arrangement.
The greatest part of our knowledge regarding Roman surveying instruments--along with information about a wealth of other ancient technology--comes from the writings of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
in the first century B.C.
Around the first century B.C., Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
, a Greek-trained Roman architect, wrote his treatise On Architecture, which outlined principles and advice for design, construction materials and methods, building types, and ornament.
From Rome, too, Canopus still enjoys roughly the same level of southern hospitality it did when Vitruvius Pollio
was compiling his 10 books of De architectura.
The "Instructions" section includes a complete operation and maintenance manual for a hydraulic hammer, as well as instructions for architects written in 27 BC by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
. The historical perspective afforded by this and other documents (such as Georgius Agricola's "De Re Metallica" and Sextus Julius Frontinus' "De Aquus") invites students to examine patterns and parallels in ancient and contemporary technical reports.
The Jefferson chronology is intersticed with drawings of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
, Andrea Palladio, William Thornton, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, General John H.
* Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
wrote in the time of Augustus (63 B.C.
(1) Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
), De Architecture, Book II, Trans.