Vitruvius: Ten Books on Architecture

Cambridge University Press

Translation by Ingrid D. Rowland. Commentary and Illustrations by Thomas Noble Howe. With additional commentary by Ingrid D. Rowland and Michael J. Dewar.

The only full treatise on architecture and its related arts to survive from classical antiquity, De Architectura libri decem (Ten Books on Architecture) is the single most important work of architectural history in the Western world, having shaped humanist architecture and the image of the architect from the Renaissance to the present. Extremely influential in the formation of the medieval and modern concept of a broad liberal arts education as the basis for responsible professionals, this work is remarkable also because over half of its content deals with aspects of Hellenistic art, science and technology, music theory, law, artillery, siege machinery, proportion and philosophy, among other topics.


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