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Biography of significant Roman army and political determine through a professor of Classics.

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The most indicative example is found in chapter fourteen, ‘Of Irregular and Spurious Orders’, which informs us that the gothic style ‘was certainly the Work of great Labour and Industry’. Yet he sees something oddly artificial in it. Huge ponderous Roofs being raised on slender Pillars, or rather Groups of Staves; great Masses of Stone, like Rocks, hanging in 59 Ibid vi. Ibid vii. 61 See eg A Watson, ‘The Structure of Blackstone’s Commentaries’ (1988) 97 Yale Law Journal 795–815; A Alschuler, ‘Rediscovering Blackstone’ (1996) 145 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1–55.

30 The statement was certainly justified, because the beauty of a classical building resides precisely in the harmony achieved when each room and architectural element conforms to a standard set of mathematical proportions. Thus Clitherow’s explanation sounds feasible. On closer examination, however, it does not suffice. 31 Thus although mathematics may well have helped arouse Blackstone’s interest in studying architecture, a wider range of motivations must be considered. As the passage just quoted makes clear, he considered knowledge of architectural principles important for social and cultural reasons: besides its practical utility, the study of classical architecture was perceived 26 M Vitruvius, The Ten Books of Architecture (tr) HM Morris (New York NY, 1960) Book 1, pp 2, 3, 13–17.

22 As University Archivist from 1777–80, Buckler compiled an index which is still in use: RL Poole, A Lecture on the History of the University Archives (Oxford, 1912) 26. 40 Norma Aubertin-Potter 429 drawings for the sum of £21 from the estate of Dr Thomas Slack. For some reason Buckler did not complete his task, arranging only 324 of the drawings purchased. By the late 1760s the Codrington Library’s ceiling was showing signs of wear and tear. The problem was found to be the weight of the lead roof bearing down heavily on the beams, and on 7 February 1770 Buckler signed the order for the roof to be covered in Westmorland slate.

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