Roman Opus Mixtum Wall


Mark Cartwright
published on 23 August 2012
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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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About the Author

Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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

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

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Cartwright, Mark. "Roman Opus Mixtum Wall." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 23 Aug 2012. Web. 14 Jan 2021.

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