Mausoleum of Augustus
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Location Rome, Italy   map
Date -25   timeline
Building Type tomb, castle, fortress
 Construction System cut stone bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Ancient Roman
Notes In the form of a huge cylinder. Originally topped with evergreen trees and a bronze statue of Augustus.




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Discussion Mausoleum of Augustus Commentary

"The Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome, built by Augustus as his own family tomb, looks back to the Etruscan tumulus for its basic form, though it broke the long-standing rule forbidding burial inside the city. Like the later Mausoleum of Hadrian, it had as its base a huge cylinder, 88 m (290 ft) in diameter. The outer wall was constructed of concrete, faced with travertine opus quadratum. Behind this, a complex system of four circumferential and numerous radial walls, similarly constructed of concrete but now mostly faced with opus reticulatum, divided the interior into concentric compartments, though, apart from the sepulchral chamber and the passages leading to it, these compartments were simply filled with earth."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p228, 231.


88.39m (290 feet) in diameter

Converted into a fortress in the twelfth century by the Colonna family.

Sources on Mausoleum of Augustus

Mary Taliaferro Boatwright. Hadrian and the City of Rome. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-691-03588-1. DG295.B63 1987. elevation drawing, f34, p163.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. radial geometry diagram, p193. — Updated edition available at

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. drawing of exterior (restored), fA, p317. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion p228, 231.

Renzo Salvadori. Architect's Guide to Rome. London: Butterworth Architecture, 1990. ISBN 0-408-50054-9. elevation drawing, p48. plan drawing, p48.

Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, August 1993. PCD.3189.1011.1916.060. PCD.3189.1011.1916.062

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Mausoleum of Augustus


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