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I. Description: The paper will consist of the analysis of Roman Coliseum in which will be explored a topic of architectural details of the building (for instance, how its arcuated structural system contributed to the size of the building, the purpose and architecture of the basement, the materials used during construction, the technology used, etc etc).
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The details and the structure of the Roman Coliseum
Roman Coliseum or the Colosseum is one of the biggest architectural masterpieces built in the 1st century. Its construction started in around 70 AD under the ruling of Emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD when the Emperor Titus came to power. This massive structure is capable of seating close to 80000 visitors. Unlike other amphitheatres in Rome which were located in the suburbs, the Coliseum was built right in the heart of Rome. The exterior of the Coliseum is made of large block of travertine while the interior which had to hold great pressure, is made of travertine blocks. The other interior is constructed of peperino and concrete blocks. The façade of the Coliseum is 48.5 meters high. This outer wall is divided into 4 stories, the lower 3 of which consist of open arcades which are framed by half-columns of the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian orders. The attic is decorated with the Corinthian pilasters.
I will explore the interior and exterior details, and the structural elements of this architectural masterpiece.
II. Organization. The paper must adhere to MLA style with proper quoting and referencing and overall format. Please see basic organizational scheme that would help to organize the paper. This paper is a straightforward analysis of an architectural topic in which must be used a carefully phrased language reflective of a serious analytical and descriptive process.
III. Format: The paper will consist of 3,000-words, double-spaced, and typed-written, accompanied by a full graphic section complying with the graphic requirements outlined below and entitled “Graphic Section.” Papers should be well organized and should use the font ‘Times New Roman,’ 12-point. The paper needs to be ready to print and include all of the necessary graphic support in the paper itself and not in separate files. The paper needs to be saved as *.doc file.
Concerning plagiarism: The paper must be plagiarism-free and pass plagiarism websites like turnitin.com and copyscape.com.
IV. Bibliography: A minimum of three academic sources is required. By academic sources I mean: peer-reviewed published material of the sort found in academic libraries. It is not limited to books; academic journals are welcomed, however, Internet sources like Wikipedia, and other sites of that sort do not count. You may feel free to use non-academic sources of that sort, for which you will have to include them in y our bibliography, of course. However, they do not count as one of the three required minimum.
V. Graphic Section: All pictures must be of excellent quality. Graphic material is very important when explaining the formal characteristics of a design and will be instrumental to illustrate the concept you have selected. Paper must show graphics of a professional quality. Graphic sources may include, but are not limited to, books and magazine articles, drawings, and photographs; they can also be downloaded from the Internet. Finally, you have to make sure that all the graphic material used in the paper is clearly identified; therefore, you must include the following information with your images:
a. Name of the source (i.e. name of magazine, title of book, or Internet address);
b. Name of the publisher (when appropriate);
c. Name of the author of the article where your pictures appear (when applicable);
d. Year and edition (or year and volume if you are using magazines);
e. Name of the building, architect, location, and year of construction.
Note: These sources can be included towards the end of your paper as long as you clearly identify each image by using a numerical system (e.g. fig. 1, fig. 2, etc.)
VI. Suggested organization of the body of the text:
a. Introduction: The introduction should be no more than 20 % of the paper and should include some (not necessarily all) of the following items: the nature of your topic, the main purpose of your paper, its significance, your method or organization, and similarly generalized items pertaining organization and significance. It is important to include your own detailed interpretation (explanation) of the ‘universal concepts’ at hand, along with an introduction of the Coliseum as well (name, place, architect, etc. – leave its formal ‘description’ for later when you explain how the universal concept is found in it).
b. Background Investigation: This is where you will engage in a detailed analysis and explanation of your topic. In other words, you will explain how your selected concept makes act of presence in the building you have selected. This section is meant to communicate your own convictions on the subject; it should also include any other reference you feel important to mention in relation to your analysis (e.g. historical models, etc.). It should be no longer than 60% of the paper.
c. Conclusion and evaluation: In this section you should define the main points, propositions, and premises concerning your selected topic; in other words, you will restate in a clear and concise manner what you developed in the main body. As part of your conclusion, you can explain the relevance of your topic to contemporary world. This section should be no longer than 20% of the paper and include all necessary consequences, implications and recommendations resulting from your findings (i.e. what you have learned).