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Baumaterialien als Mittel zum (konstruktiven) Zweck und Ausdruck? Römischer Beton als Fallstudie

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Translated title of the contributionBuilding materials as elements of construction, and elements of expression?: The case study of Roman concrete
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationLimes XXIII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Limes Congress of Roman Frontier Studies Ingolstadt 2015
EditorsC. Sebastian Sommer, Suzana Matesic
PublisherNünnerich-Asmus Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783961760503
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018
Event23rd International Congress on Roman Frontier Studies (LIMES) - Ingoldstadt, Germany
Duration: 12 Sep 201523 Sep 2015

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NameBeiträge zum Welterbe Limes Sonderband


Conference23rd International Congress on Roman Frontier Studies (LIMES)


Building programmes allowed the Roman Empire to quickly achieve a physical Roman reality in newly conquered territories. The session on Building Materials and this contribution on Roman concrete in particular, investigate building materials on the frontier as the blocks that created these architectural realities. The contributions are interested in the people who selected, created and used these elements of construction. As the study of Roman concrete shows, this method was particularly popular in a military context. Advantages and disadvantages of the new building method taken together suggest that its speed of construction allowed cementing monumentality and permanence without the need for a specialised workforce. These factors accelerated the development of a new understanding of constructions. The carefully placed building element was replaced by a malleable mass that allowed new forms of architectural expression.


23rd International Congress on Roman Frontier Studies (LIMES)


Ingoldstadt, Germany

Event: Conference

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