¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 building, the only entire building of ancient Rome that is left to us- As the inscription on the frieze shows it to have been built 27 B.C. By Agrippa son-in-law of Augustus.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 It stands about a half mile from the Forum Romanum, north, nearer the Tiber and deeper in modern Rome. It stands in a depression because the streets on either side have grown up eight or ten feet above its floor, but formerly it stood on raised ground and was approached by a flight of five steps-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The main building is an immense rotunda of brick with an arched roof covering the whole space without any internal supports other than the massive walls which are about twenty five feet thick. Not exactly all, as a hole in the centre of the arch about twenty feet in diameter, has been left to furnish light. It is a mere auger hole compared with the space, yet it gives ample light and is the only light admitted within
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 This vaulted ceiling is the most magnificent specimen of arching that I have ever seen, and its duration of nineteen hundred years still in perfect order, with a prospect of as many more, demonstrate the perfection of architecture-