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Vitruvian Man: Rome under Construction

John Oksanish


This book offers a new assessment of the Roman architect Vitruvius and his treatise, On Architecture. Once reviled by scholars as a half-witted proletarian, Vitruvius emerges as well read and politically able when read alongside literary coevals through an intertextual lens. No building of Vitruvius’s name survives from antiquity, but his treatise remains a formidable literary construction that partakes of Rome’s vibrant textual culture. The book explores Vitruvius’s portrait of the ideal architect as an imposing “Vitruvian man” at the dawn of Augustus’s empire. In direct dialogue with his rep ... More

Keywords: Vitruvius, architecture, Rome, expertise, politics, Latin literature, oratory, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190696986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Oksanish, author
Associate Professor, Department of Classical Languages, Wake Forest University