The Realism in Ancient Rome

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The Realism in Ancient Rome

Temples were very common sights in ancient Rome, having the idea copied styles from the Greeks. Buildings were often constucted in the centers of towns surround by tall buildings. There were many types of columns that could be debuted on temples. Some of these colums included Ionic, Composite, Doric, Corinthian, and Tuscan.

Unlike Greek statues Romans statues were more realistic, adding human features. These features included wrinkles and warts. Features such as these made a more interesting statue. An example of a Roman statue is to your right.

The Realism in Ancient Rome


Storage Units & Tables

Oil lamps and braziers were in every day use in Roman households. A brazier - being some what of a heater - ran off burning plants, like papyrus, that were diped in wax. Oil lamps varied in size, shape, and style, and had long flat handles that held the wick. Lanterns, similar to oil lamps, were held by chains and made of glass. Their flame was produced by pieces of horn or animal blatter.

Arches were oringinally wooden and placed between stone columns. The arch design became very popular. These were often used in the constuction of bridges and colosseums for arch support.


Ancient Roman houses were very highly furnished including beds, chairs, and couches. Most Roman furniture was made of metal, marbel, and wood. Beds where comprised of leather bottoms, a feather mattress, and a blanket covering. There were many different types of chairs and stools including scamnums, folding chairs, sellas, and biselliums. Roman chairs usually had four legs. One chair was different called the cathedra, having a high curved back made of wicker.

Heating & Lighting

Roman houses were elaborately painted and decorated using the best artists. This kind of detail was mostly used in rich family's houses. Mosaics were decorative tiles in 1st century B.C. Elaborate statues of animals, gods, goddesses, and creatures were placed in Roman house holds. Brightly colored portraits hung on the walls of houses, along with mythological figures.

Arches and Uses for Them

Temples & Columns

1. The lagest known arch style roof spand was 25ft.2. One of the first builders of arches was the Etruscans.3. The Pantheon was built in 25 B.C by Augustus' lieutenant Agrippa as a new temple.4. There were companies just for tile making.

Interesting Facts

Tables varied in price, style, and materials. Marble and stone tables were very common and not very expensive. One of the most expensive tables was a one-legged table made of ivory, having elaborate details. Storage units also varied in price, style, and materials. They were often chests or cupboards.


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