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Fired bricks were 'pitched', that is, laid end to end across the upper part of the vault, not side by side like the voussoirs of an arch, which was the practice in the West. The substructure of the basilica at Aspendos is one of the few surviving brick (111. East, examples. The Temple of Asklepios Soter at Pergamum, dated to just before the middle of the second century, was built in apparent imitation of the Pantheon, but with a drum of ashlar masonry and a dome of radially-laid bricks Of Italy, (111.

Hadrian's Temple of Venus and Rome, at Rome, and the Temple of the Severaii Family in the Forum at Lepcis Magna, are the results of a munificence which only emperors could display The principal use of foreign mat hies was tor columns, often imported reach -worked and in standard sizes, and their varied colours made an immensely opulent contrast with the basic material of the buildings. In the Forum and Basilica at Lepcis, for example, the main building-material was the local yellow limestone. The grey-veined white Proconnesian marble of the Temple was the background lor its columns of red Egyptian granite, and the colonnades of the surrounding Forum had column shafts of green Carystian marble and glistening white Pentelic capitals and bases.

There are Republican precedents in Italy, and a brief vogue lor it in Rome in the mid-first was used in (he low ei' part of the Porta Maggiore cnt in \ \d. where and on the ten ace arcades of the Temple of Claudius. The influence of such buildings on Renaissance architects was far greater than their opus quadratum. is rusticated masonry, that laid like ashlar, but with it ( significance in the context ol Roman architecture as a whole. Rustiea- found occasionally in the provinces; the aqueduct ofSegovia (Frontispiece) and the lower part of the pressure tower of that at Aspendos provide suitable examples of the structures to which it added a rugged dignity.

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