Architectural Basics: The Roman Arch

The principles of the arch, vault and groin

The ancient Greeks bequeathed a lot to the Roman Empire, including their pantheon of Gods and mythological stories. In architecture, the Greek ‘Orders’ were taken on by the Romans as the basis for their temples and state buildings. Columns, pediments and cornices intrinsic to the Classical Orders were employed all over the Roman Empire.

However, there was one key architectural innovation that the Roman’s developed for themselves, namely, the arch. From the Pantheon to…