Ten Books on Architecture cover

Ten Books on Architecture

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (75 BC - c. 15 BC)

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1. 00 – Translator’s preface
2. 01 – Book I, Preface and Chapter I
3. 02 – Book I, Chapter II-III
4. 03 – Book I, Chapter IV-V
5. 04 – Book I, Chapter VI-VII
6. 05 – Book II, Introduction and Chapter I-II
7. 06 – Book II, Chapter III-VI
8. 07 – Book II, Chapter VII-VIII
9. 08 – Book II, Chapter IX-X
10. 09 – Book III, Introduction and Chapter I-II
11. 10 – Book III, Chapter III-IV
12. 11 – Book III, Chapter V
13. 12 – Book IV, Introduction and Chapters I-II
14. 13 – Book IV, Chapter III-V
15. 14 – Book IV, Chapter VI-IX
16. 15 – Book V, Introduction and Chapter I-III
17. 16 – Book V, Chapter IV-V
18. 17 – Book V, Chapter VI-IX
19. 18 – Book V, Chapter X-XII
20. 19 – Book VI, Introduction and Chapter 1
21. 20 – Book VI, Chapter II-V
22. 21 – Book VI, Chapter VI-VIII
23. 22 – Book VII, Introduction
24. 23 – Book VII, Chapter I-III
25. 24 – Book VII, Chapter IV-VII
26. 25 – Book VII, Chapter VIII-XIV
27. 26 – Book VIII, Introduction and Chapter I-II
28. 27 – Book VIII, Chapter III
29. 28 – Book VIII, Chapter IV-VI
30. 29 – Book IX, Introduction
31. 30 – Book IX, Chapter I-II
32. 31 – Book IX, Chapter III-VI
33. 32 – Book IX, Chapter VII-VIII
34. 33 – Book X, Introduction and Chapter I
35. 34 – Book X, Chapter II
36. 35 – Book X, Chapter III-VI
37. 36 – Book X, Chapter VII-X
38. 37 – Book X, Chapter XI-XIII
39. 38 – Book X, Chapter XIV-XVI

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Summary

On Architecture is a treatise on architecture written by the Roman architect Vitruvius and dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus as a guide for building projects. The work is one of the most important sources of modern knowledge of Roman building methods as well as the planning and design of structures, both large (aqueducts, buildings, baths, harbours) and small (machines, measuring devices, instruments). He is also the prime source of the famous story of Archimedes and his bath-time discovery.