Opus Latericium
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Opus Latericium
Example of opus latericium on a tomb of the ancient Appian Way in Rome.
A wall of the Domus Augustana in Rome

Opus latericium (Latin for "brick work") is an ancient Roman construction techniques in which coarse-laid brickwork is used to face a core of opus caementicium.[1][2]

Opus latericium was the dominant form of wall construction in the Imperial era.[1] In the time of the architectural writer Vitruvius, opus latericium seems to have designated structures built using unfired mud bricks.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Roth, Leland M. (1993). Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History and Meaning (First ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. pp. 222. ISBN 0-06-430158-3.
  2. ^ Roger B. Ulrich; Caroline K. Quenemoen (10 October 2013). A Companion to Roman Architecture. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 493-. ISBN 978-1-118-32514-8.
  3. ^ Vitruvius De Architectura 2.8 http://latin.packhum.org/loc/1056/1/0#26

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