Structured- Separated- Linked
The book «De Sacris Aedificiis A Constantino Magno Constructis is a book that focus on 56 churches and baptisteries and 2 monasteries of the era of emperor Constantino. The book is a collection of all holy buildings that were built by Constantin. Constantin was the first Christian emperor and made the religion the main religion of the roman empire. Due to this they also started building churches and so on for celebrating the rituals of the religion. The most famous are the old church of St.Peter in Rome, the church of nativity in Bethlehem and the church of holy sepulchre in Jerusalem. Ciampini explains every building very precisely in the book. I focus in my concept on the structure of the book.
On the first look, it has the first part text, and the second part are illustrations. But when we look closer there is quite more. The first page is a drawing of women how draw and write about the ruins of Rome. The drawing was made form Giovanni Battista. As next follows the title page and the preface, where some words were made to the pope and Carolo Barberino. Then comes the Introduction with a poem and reference of other readers. The next follows the index, which is structured in Capitum (chapters) and Sectionum (Sections). Thereby, each chapter represents a Operis (building). On the next page, first there were the 2 printers mentioned and then follows on with the main text. On the top of a page is the title of the book or the chapter with the page number next to it. Below follows the text, which fills most of the page. The text is written in two columns. In the gap of these columns are the letter ABCD, as I think some sort of guidance. At the end of each page on the right side, there are the first syllables of the next word on the next page and in the middle, there is sometimes a letter, which refers to the reference. At the end of the text follows the literature index, where all reference were alphabetically mentioned. And finally, there comes the 34 detailed illustrations of the describe buildings. On each page we can read the number on which page the author talks about it and in the text, there is a link to the tablature of the illustration. So, on the first look the text is very structured and separated in different parts, but on the second it is also perfect linked between the different part of the book so that it is easy for the reader to switch for example form the text to the illustrations.