The Golden House of Nero: Some Aspects of Roman Architecture

The Golden House of Nero: Some Aspects of Roman Architecture

The Golden House of Nero: Some Aspects of Roman Architecture

The Golden House of Nero: Some Aspects of Roman Architecture

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The lectures of which this book is a revised edition were delivered at the American Academy in Rome in December 1953 and at the University of Michigan in April 1954. My lectures at Ann Arbor were combined with teaching. In December 1953 and January 1954 Professor Lily Ross Taylor and I conducted weekly lectures and excursions for the classical group of the American Academy in Rome. I shall always remember the associations of those two months as among my pleasantest experiences of academic teaching. As I send out this book I hope it will reach some of my former students and remind them of the happy days we had together.

First of all, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the committee of the Jerome Foundation for the honor of being appointed Jerome lecturer. I regard Thomas Spencer Jerome as a great benefactor of mine and have with much interest come to know his classical research, his enthusiasm for his old University and for American studies in Rome, and his contributions to the American scholarly tradition in Italy. Warmest thanks go also to the director of the American Academy in Rome and to Mrs. Laurance P. Roberts for friendship and hospitality in the Villa Aurelia. I am deeply indebted to Mr. Roberts, to the American Academy, and to my friends here for inspiration, facilities for work, and congenial company, with rich exchanges of ideas and results in the library, where Mrs. Inez Longobardi is so competent and friendly a help, and in the delightful cortile and old Roman garden of the Academy from 1953 and onward to the present day. Many friends and colleagues are connected with my recol-

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