Book Series The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series A: Antiquities and Architecture, vol. 9

Ancient Roman Topography and Architecture

Ian Campbell

  • Pages:3 vols, 1065 p.
  • Size:220 x 285 mm
  • Illustrations:684 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2004

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  • ISBN: 978-1-872501-12-3
  • Hardback
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"These lavishly produced volumes constitute (...) a magnificent contribution to our knowledge both of Roman antiquities and of renaissance and baroque interest in them." (Apollo Magazine, April 2005)

"The Illustrations in these volumes, the copious illustrated comparanda, the individual entries and discussions of the catalogue, the care in production and publication - all this is exemplary. Ancient Roman Topography and Architecture will stand proud beside the rest of the Paper Museum publication project as a monument in modern publishing and a fundamental resource." (I. Campbell in: Times Literary Supplement, 4 February 2005, p. 10)

"Cette magnifique publication constituera désormais un instrument de travail incomparable pour tous ceux qui réfléchissent sur la topographie antique, sur l'évolution du dessin d'architecture, sur la "fortune" enfin des monuments romains et sur le rôle que leur image restituée a joué dans l'élaboration des paysages urbains du XVe au XVIIe siècle." (Pierre Gros, in: Comptes-rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 148e année, N. 3, 2004, p. 1237)

"A magnificently produced catalogue of great acumen and erudition covering a vast number of diverse ancient buildings and providing a wealth of useful comparative illustrations, all written in a concise, no-nonsense style. Campbell, his collaborators and publishers, have much to be proud of." (Burlington Magazine)



Ian Campbell is Honorary Professor of Architectural History at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. His principal research interests are Italian Renaissance architecture, Scottish medieval and early modern architecture, and the reception of classicism.


Most of the 399 drawings published in these three volumes document the remains of ancient buildings in Rome and the surrounding countryside that survived in the first half of the seventeenth century. The group comprises specifically commissioned drawings as well as earlier fifteenth- and sixteenth-century material acquired by Cassiano, including works by Francesco di Giorgio, Andrea Palladio, Pirro Ligorio, Giovanni Antonio Dosio and Antonio Labacco.