The Roman Pantheon is the largest (43.4m dia.) unreinforced solid concrete
dome in the world. It was built by the emperor Hadrian almost 2,000 years ago.
This site is dedicated to understanding the beauty and longevity
of construction by the Romans, especially their use of pozzolan based concrete, also known as Roman concrete. Much of the material on this site and the companion site www.battleofsaipan.com was written by the late
David Moore, P.E., the author of the book The Roman Pantheon: The Triumph of Concrete.
Describes the reasons why Roman concrete caught
the interest of the author and its special characteristics that are still
being studied today. Includes a chapter from The Roman Pantheon and an
article from the US Bureau of Reclamation newsletter The Spillway
describing the similarities between Roman concrete and modern roller-compacted
Contains an annotated bibliography of references from The Roman Pantheon: The Triumph of Concrete. Includes web resources, video resources, libraries with a copy of the book, and university researchers who are interested in Roman concrete. A good place to start if you are researching ancient concrete.
Provides background information on David Moore and information on the companion web site, www.battleofsaipan.com which is dedicated to preserving the history of those who served in WWII and providng useful information to vetrans who are getting on in years.
Aug 2015 - Web site updated
Jan 2004 - Photos added of the Pantheon, Pompeii, and Coliseum
For questions or comments about Roman concrete or similar
topics, contact David Moore's son John Moore at:
See the About section for more information about David Moore and this web site.
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