The architectural ambition of the Romans predates what was believed

The architectural ambition of the Romans predates what was believed

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Remains have been found in an Italian city that are older than those known so far, which magnifies the architectural ambition of the Romans.

The structure found in the Gabii site east of Rome, it is built with huge stone blocks and is half the size of a football field and reaches 350 to 250 years before Christ. As such, it is probably the oldest public building ever found, says Nicola Terrenato, a Classics professor at the University of Michigan who leads the project.

The building could have served as a luxury private residence and presents a stone retaining wall, floors with geometric decorations and two terraces connected with a staircase, which differentiates it from the buildings of the time, breaking the stereotype of modesty and conservatism. Until now it was thought that this style was only interrupted when the soldiers who conquered Greece in 140 BC. they returned home with a certain sense of luxury.

According to Terrenato, this building provides data on the beginning of experimentation with the change of the natural environment as a slope is trimmed, and a supporting wall is created. This phenomenon is remarkable because it occurs 250 years before what has been studied up to now. "It has been produced at least 300 years before the Colosseum”Says Terrenato. He adds that the arrangement of the stone blocks is like a Lego construction, without any connecting material between the two.

The Gabii site, in Lazio, it was a reduced city compared to the development of Rome. With Gabii's project, it is intended to show what a city in the region was like before the great boom of Rome. Thanks to its location outside of Rome, archaeologists can explore it more deeply due to the open space without urbanization.

This summer, 60 workers operated at the site, in a $ 2 million excavation sponsored by the U-M Kelsey Museum of Archeology. Completion is estimated in 2014, but perhaps, investigations will be prolonged due to this great finding.

Andrew Johnston, Assistant Professor of Classics at Yale University, directs the program with the school and has emphasized the didactic and educational content of the project, as it will change the conception of Roman history and the way it is taught, enriching them in methodology and strategies.

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