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Opus caementicium
(1,192 words)

(opus caementitium).

[German version]

A. Definition

Lat. term for Roman concrete (Construction technique; Masonry). This new Roman building material first occurred in the 3rd cent. BC. It was mixed together from sand, water, burnt limestone (collective term: mortar) as well as crushed rock. It could be formed into almost any shape and then set and hardened. The main difference between modern cement and the burnt limestone of antiqu…

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Lamprecht, Heinz-Otto (Cologne), “Opus caementicium”, 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 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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