Roman Opus Mixtum Wall

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Mark Cartwright
published on 23 August 2012

A segment of typical 2nd century CE Roman wall from Butrint (modern Albania). The wall is in the opus mixtum style which combined layers of opus testaceum (standard brick facing) with opus reticulatum (square-based pyramid blocks set in a diagonal pattern). Beyond its obvious decorative appeal the technique may also have allowed less-skilled labour to build more quickly.

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a full-time author, researcher, historian, and editor. Special interests include art, architecture, and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the WHE Publishing Director.

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Cartwright, M. (2012, August 23). Roman Opus Mixtum Wall. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Cartwright, Mark. "Roman Opus Mixtum Wall." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 23, 2012.

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Cartwright, Mark. "Roman Opus Mixtum Wall." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 23 Aug 2012. Web. 07 Feb 2023.