Reimund Scherer 17/12/2021
this book is probably about the antiquities built in ancient rome and how they were able to stand upright. the book probably focuses on the immense structures, this can be deduced from the size of the book.
no, the book has no index, it is mostly illustrations by the author. The book is mainly about what the Romans built. The book is divided into chapters showing different structures created by the Romans, e.g. bridges, aqueducts. There is a lot of architecture but also designs to maintain the structures created by the Romans.
The book is illustrated, showing images of all kinds always within the context of ancient Rome and in the spotlight of architecture. They are hand drawn as the book was written in the 18th century. They are not in color, but are simply done in black and white.
This book is a huge but very fine book. The size of the book indirectly reflects the power of Rome in general but it is implied that it is mainly focused on the architecture of Rome. The thinness of the book seems to reflect the elegance and sublimity of the great Rome, putting it in a privileged point, making it stand out.
The writer of this book is Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). This Italian man had many trades, such as architect, archaeologist, researcher and engraver.
Thanks to his uncle he became interested in architecture and studied it, but he never worked as an architect, but thanks to his studies he was able to make this kind of illustrations.