The construction and historical significance of the pantheon

Pantheon There are some buildings that are cool. Small access holes appear occasionally in the wall which were used during construction to frame interior voids.

You might suggest that the Oculus is purely there as a solution for light, just like many other Roman buildings. The earlier temple on the Pantheon site burned down in 80A.

Very similar methods are still used, particularly for lightweight concrete. Their computer analysis used a three-dimensional, finite-element modeling code to review eight conditions of the dome; two of these included cracking.

Purpose of the Roman Pantheon

Perhaps as insurance against some future dislocation, should we add a steel band around a step-ring? Rather than finding vertical differential settlement, we have observed only traces of lateral opening across the cracks-- corresponding to the effect of hoop tension.

No investor with knowledge of concrete design would provide the funding. It worked because the building has lasted over years. In the following descriptions, some general dimensions are given to indicate the magnitude of this undertaking by the Romans.

The Pantheon was a part of the building complex sponsored by Agrippa, built on his own property, that also included a temple to the god of the sea, Neptune, and a public bath. The marble interior has largely survived, although with extensive restoration. View of Pantheon from sidehttp: The latter serves as the spring line for the dome.

The remaining 6 step-rings are stepped inward much like placing a series of machine washers, one above the other with their diameters decreasing as they are stacked. Temple-building was a very political thing to do in ancient Rome; temples were very important, sacred spaces, and building one indicated wealth and power and was often a way to gain the favor of the people.

The present-day engineering solution to this type of foundation problem is to drive piles through the clay to bedrock so the building will be firmly supported all the way around. The niches, as well as all other wall openings, have an archway of bricks, known as a relieving arch, to support the upper wall over the openings.

The Historia Augusta says that Hadrian dedicated the Pantheon among other buildings in the name of the original builder Hadr. The dome is made out of concrete. Hadrian, was a military emperor and conquered many countries during his reign.

The Mark and Hutchinson study located the cracks as occurring generally at the openings within the upper cylindrical wall which increased local tensile hoop stresses.

Originally, many Roman buildings contained travertine limestone rock which easily cracked in fires. Remaining at Rome twelve days he pulled down everything that in ancient times had been made of metal for the ornament of the city, to such an extent that he even stripped off the roof of the church [of the blessed Mary], which at one time was called the Pantheon, and had been founded in honour of all the gods and was now by the consent of the former rulers the place of all the martyrs; and he took away from there the bronze tiles and sent them with all the other ornaments to Constantinople.

Maria ad Martyres, i. The lower section near floor level consists of alternate layers of travertine fragments and fragments of tufa the caementae in a mortar of lime and pozzolana. Pantheon Cracking Terenzio22 The Mark and Hutchinson study showed that meridional cracking in the dome was in the lower half extending up to about 57 degrees from the horizontal on the spring line.

The uppermost level of the wall consists of concrete predominantly of broken bricks in mortar. The Pantheon is the latter. The building was built entirely without steel reinforcing rods to resist tensile cracking, so necessary in concrete members, and for this concrete dome with a long span to last centuries is incredible.

The Oculus had more reason to it than one of simple lighting. The beams in the roof structure of the porch are wooden. The building is in two parts: The triangular roof of the portico, called the pediment, was originally filled with bronze sculptures that were probably gilded.

This will be discussed later in this work. Upon modeling this configuration a maximum tensile bending stress of There is a light-well in the center of the dome. Today, above the entrance carved in stone are the words "M. The first incarnation of this ancient temple was built by Agrippa, the son-in-law of the Roman Emperor Augustus, about 27 B.Workers can build from a plan and can successfully use their proven practices only if construction quality controls are maintained.

History tells us that the Pantheon is a Greek word meaning to honor all Gods (particularly the Olympian divinities). The Pantheon, a temple in Rome dedicated to all the gods, was rebuilt in its present form by the emperor Hadrian, (between AD).

There are several aspects of the Pantheon which are of significance in connection with Structural Engineering. The building is in two parts: the dome, and the entrance porch. What is the historical significance? The Pantheon contains the tombs of Raphael and several Italian Kings.

Its interior design is different with the temple's structural design, but the marble floor still followes the original Roman design. Agrippa finished the construction of the building called the Pantheon. It has this name, perhaps because it received among the images which decorated it the statues of many gods, including Mars and Venus; but my own opinion of the name is that, because of its vaulted roof, it resembles the heavens.

The Ancient Roman Pantheon of Gods: Architecture & Facts

The Pantheon we know and love was actually rebuilt several times and Emperor Hadrian is the one who rendered the perfection we know and love with only the portico which bears Agrippa’s name, being re-used.

Explore the history, design, construction, and significance of one of the most important buildings from ancient Rome, the Pantheon, and test your.

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