'Ten Books on Architecture' is one of the most important books ever written on architecture. Early Roman aesthetics, technology, classical orders, site selection, all other aspects. Morgan translation. 'The Ten Books on Architecture' is an introduction to the ancients' methods of construction, the materials of the architect, and the prevailing aesthetic beliefs of the times. The author describes the classic principles of symmetry, harmony, and proportion in architecture; the design of the treasury, prison, senate house, baths, forum, and temples; the construction of the theater (its site, foundations, and acoustics); the proper style and proportions for private dwellings; the differences between the Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian styles; methods of giving durability and beauty to polished finishing; and many other topics that help us understand the methods and beliefs of the Roman architect.