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How to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision

Ten Books on Architecture

by Vitruvius, 15 BCE

Chapters

Book 1, The Architect and City Planning

The qualifications for an architect, and the geometry of city planning.

Book 2, Building Materials

From hunter gatherers to moderns housing, and the materials that get you there.

Book 3, Temples and the Orders of Architecture

The classifications and essential proportions of temple buildings

Book 4, Corinthian, Doric and Tuscan Temples

Everything you ever wanted to know about columns

Book 5, Civil Buildings

Arrangement and acoustics of theaters, colonnades, public baths and harbors