Classical Architecture

Andrew Ballantyne
Lavishly illustrated and accessibly written, Classical Architecture takes the reader on a journey through the history of this iconic architectural genre, starting with an introduction to its origins in ancient Greece, through its resurgence across Europe during the Renaissance, to its influence on modern-day architectural design in locations as diverse as Shanghai and Washington DC.
Written by Professor of Architecture and established author Andrew Ballantyne, and illustrated with over 100 photographs, this book will prove invaluable to anyone wanting to explore and understand this important and pervasive architectural style. Classical architecture has developed through many styles to become the backbone of western architecture. It was refined in ancient Greece mainly in sacred places. This architecture of finely modelled columns was taken up by the Romans and spread across their empire, changing on the way, so by the time the Roman empire collapsed it had become an architecture of arches and vaults. The monuments were impressive, even as ruins, and inspired imitation in later ages.
Classical Architecture by Andrew Ballantyne
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About the author

Andrew Ballantyne originally trained as an architect, but then found his way into research and writing. He has worked mainly at Newcastle University in the UK, but his interests range widely and he has worked with philosophers and archaeologists, as well as architects and architectural historians. He has chaired the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and surveyed Paliochora on Kythera, a long-abandoned settlement in Greece, and wrote a monograph about Richard Payne Knight, who was an early benefactor of the British Museum.


Andrew's books include Architecture: a Very Short Introduction, Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present, Tudoresque: in Pursuit of the Ideal Home and John Ruskin: a Critical Life.



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