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Architectural theory
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[German version]

In antiquity, the term architectural theory was evidently unknown and is not documented in the writings of ancient  architects or other authors. It relates to a modern language usage without the development of a generally binding definition for the term. Instead, an unspoken agreement serves as a substitute definition according to which fundamental statements on architecture, which go beyond the mere description of a building, are regarded as architectural theory in the modern sense.

With the exception of the ten books about architecture by  Vitruvius [2], no work…

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Knell, Heiner (Darmstadt), “Architectural theory”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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