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3). It would be,more accurate to say that marble and travertine replaced tufa, and that sundried brick was being replaced with rubble- and, later, brick-faced concrete. It was not until the great fire of AD 64 that many of the old tenements of sun-dried brick were swept away. That material had longbeen used for building in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor, and the survival of houses built of it in such towns as Karanis in Egypt shows that the tradition was maintained, at least to some extent. It may well have been more common, even in major buildings, than the surviving evidence allows us to prove, for of its very nature it is much less permanent than stone and fired brick.
Bear the weight of the structure above. In the between engaged Doric columns provided visual contrast with the rhythm of the porticoes. Even for the latest of the dates which have been suggested for it, which range from the midsecond century to the early 70s BC, the Sanctuary is an outstanding achievement, both in its size and in the complexity of its design. The vaulted platforms and porticoes of the temples of Jupiter Anxur at in their capacity to upper terraces, arches set Terracina and of Hercules Victor at Tivoli show, on a smaller if still impressive scale, how thoroughly these new ideas and new skills were becoming assimilated in building practice by the middle of the first century BC, and to what effect they might be exploited.
Was housed in a remarkable building, the the fountain which fed Serapeum, which was covered with a semi-dome composed of nine il ARCHITECTURE 37 and concave segments, decorated with mosaic. The d'Oro (the Golden Square) had, as its basic plan, a circle inscribed in a square, with eight semicircular and alternately flat vestibule of the so-called Piazza rectangular projections, the latter extending to the sides of the theoretical square, the former placed diagonally. This idea is present in the rooms of the west wing of the Flavian Palatium.