The Art of Building in the Classical World
This book examines the application of drawing in the creation of classical architec-ture, exploring how the tools and techniques of drawing developed for architecturesubsequently shaped theories of vision and representations of the universe in sci-enceandphilosophy.Buildingonrecentscholarshipthatexaminesandreconstructsthe design process of classical architecture, John R. Senseney focuses on technicaldrawing in the building trade as a model for the expression of visual order, showingthat the techniques of ancient Greek drawing actively determined concepts aboutthe world. He argues that the uniquely Greek innovations of graphic constructiondetermined principles that shaped the massing, special qualities, and reﬁnements of buildings and the manner in which order itself was envisioned.
John R. Senseney
is Assistant Professor of the History of Ancient Architecturein the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.A historian of ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture, his current andforthcoming articles and chapters appear in
Journal of the Societyof Architectural Historians
International Journal of the Book
Sacred Landscapes in Anatolia and Neighboring Regions
(edited by Charles Gates,Jacques Morin, and Thomas Zimmermann).