The Leicester Arch and the Temple of Janus

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Show simple item record Cawthorne, Douglas en 2012-04-16T10:51:54Z 2012-04-16T10:51:54Z 2007-12
dc.identifier.citation Cawthorne, D. (2007) The Leicester Arch and the Temple of Janus. Leicestershire and Rutland Life, December 2007, pp.16-17 en
dc.description An article written for the magazine, Leicestershire and Rutland Life, published in December 2007. en
dc.description.abstract Sir Edwin Lutyens was one of the foremost English architects of his day and was invited in 1919 to design a war memorial for the city of Leicester. For Lutyens the architectural challenge was to express in stone the profound sense of loss the nation and the city felt, in a poetic architectural expression of the fundamental truths of life and death while at the same time remaining fundamentally pantheist. To this end he turned to antiquity and a little known Roman temple, the temple of Janus in Rome, which had embodied in its design very particular solar alignments related to the summer solstices. Just as the priests of Janus built solar alignments into their temple so Lutyens gave a secret solar alignment to his war memorial. This article describes the background to the temple of Janus and how it influenced Lutyens’s design for the Leicester Arch of Remembrance. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Leicester Mercury Media Group Ltd en
dc.subject Lutyens en
dc.subject Leicester en
dc.subject Arch of Remembrance en
dc.subject War Memorial en
dc.subject Architecture en
dc.subject Solar Geometry en
dc.subject Heritage en
dc.subject Roman en
dc.subject Temple en
dc.subject Janus en
dc.title The Leicester Arch and the Temple of Janus en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Digital Building Heritage Group
dc.peerreviewed No en
dc.explorer.multimedia No en

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