By John McK. Camp
Whereas this e-book is illustrated completely with fabrics from the Athenian Agora, it additionally presents a concise creation to construction kinds and strategies so as to be valuable to a person attracted to historical Greek structure. From financing to instruments, and from mason's marks to the clamps that held blocks jointly, no element is passed over during this good illustrated textual content. different elements of enormous constructions, from the principles to the tile roofs, are all mentioned with transparent drawings to point how the total was once prepare.
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Additional resources for Ancient Athenian Building Methods (Agora Picture Book #21)
Thompson, The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens (Picture Book No. 2).
The earliest were of rounded beach pebbles in a limited number of colors ( 5 5 ) . In later mosaics, special square-cut chips (tesserae) supplied a full range of colors (56). Often the design was a simple geometric pattern, although many mosaics included floral designs and scenes from both mythology and daily life. 56. Watercolor o f a mosaic floor of cut tesserae, from a house west ofthe Areopagus, 2nd century after Christ. 29 57. , showing the use of paint and, at left, the profile ofthe moldings.
Vivid red, blue, and sometimes green were the standard colors, and the use of gilding was not infrequent. The color was generally applied in the encaustic technique, whereby mineral pigments were mixed with molten wax, spread on in liquid form with a brush, and burned in with heated metal rods. The eaves tiles of roofs and the faces of simas, whether of marble or terracotta, were also usually painted with elaborate designs such as the bead-and-reel (58), egg-and-dart (37, inner band), Lesbian leaf (58), lotus-and-palmette (42), or meander pattern (42, 43).