Engineering of the Flavian Ampitheatre (Roman Colosseum)

Colosseum interior / Photo by LemonCrumpet, Wikimedia Commons From Dr. Stephen T. Muench (by student Megan Anderson) / 12.02.2015 Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Washington Introduction The Colosseum, alternatively known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is arguably Rome’s most well-known monument. The elliptical structure that spans 6 acres signifies the presence and importance of[…]

Engineering the Pantheon – Architectural, Construction, & Structural Analysis

Pantheon, Photo by Steve Heddin, Wikimedia Commons From Dr. Stephen T. Muench (by student Kristina N. Low) / 09.28.2011 Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Washington Introduction Figure 1. Pantheon Facade The Pantheon (Figure 1.) is one of the most famous sights in Italy (Figure 2.) as it issignificant for being one of the most well-preserved[…]

Aqueducts: Hydrology in Ancient Rome

Roman acqueduct near Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain / Photo by Cruccone, Wikimedia Commons From Dr. Stephen T. Muench (by student A. Maznamy) / 09.06.2013 Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Washington Introduction Ancient Romans constructed complex hydrological systems known as aqueducts which supplied Rome with massive amounts of water through a complex system of open channels, tunnels,[…]

An Ancient Network: The Roads of Rome

Figure 1: Roman road network at the peak of the Empire (Andrein, 2009) From Dr. Stephen T. Muench (by student J.C. Back) / 11.02.2015 Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Washington Introduction Before the inventions of modern times to simplify communication and transportation, roadways were the backbone of achievement and convenience. For the Roman[…]