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by Archaeology Newsroom

Human Pathology and Architecture

The terminology used in architecture in the ancient world clearly shows that quite often its point of reference is the human body; thus, correspondences of human members to architectural ones are established which refer to the complete and intact as well as to the damaged architectural members. In the terminology concerning the building detriments, the damages are regarded as wounds, the restorations as medical treatments and the declined edifices as living organisms that suffer. Therefore, it becomes obvious that the terminology of architecture refers to man, either directly, when it specifies the architectural members, or indirectly, when it turns t medical terminology in order to describe their decay.