The Roman Arch: Definition, Construction & History


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What is an arch?

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1. What made Roman arches different than the arches of earlier cultures?

2. What is a keystone?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When the Romans developed the arch, it was a major innovation in architectural design. Answer the practice questions in this interactive quiz/worksheet combo to solidify what you know about the structure of a Roman arch, how it was used by ancient Romans, and what makes it a unique and noteworthy development in architecture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Definitions of terms related to Roman arch
  • Details about the construction of a Roman arch
  • How the Roman arch was utilized
  • Significance of Roman use of the arch

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information about the use of arches in Roman architecture
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about how a Roman arch is constructed
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key phrases such as keystone, arch and triumphal arch

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Roman arch, review the accompanying lesson called The Roman Arch: Definition, Construction & History. The objectives addressed include:

  • Define arcade
  • Recognize significance of Roman arch as an architectural innovation
  • Understand how an arch is constructed, and how it distributes weight
  • Analyze the application of arches in different structures
  • Know how Romans used arch as monuments in the form of Triumphal arches
  • Recognize how the arch contributed to design and construction of large open buildings such as the Colosseum