One of the best preserved and most architecturally sophisticated Roman monuments, the Pantheon has remained in constant use and inspired numerous other buildings throughout its 2,000-year history. Yet the initial purpose and unique design of the imposing structure, which boasts a columned portico and the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, continues to intrigue historians. Though ancient sources and its very name—meaning “to every god”—describe the Pantheon as a temple, its unusual northern orientation and the 27-foot-wide circular opening in the center of the dome, known as an oculus, suggest there is more to the story.
About Magister Ricard
John has been teaching Latin at the secondary level since 2007. Starting the Latin program at Somerset Academy in 2009, he has now moved on to another home founding the Latin program at the Pine Crest School. He has taught all levels of Latin from Middle School courses to AP Latin using a wide-range of approaches.
John also is the Social Sciences and Humanities Department Chair at Pine Crest and currently teaches AP Art History and has served as a reader for 3 years now. He also has taught AP European History and AP World History, among many other social sciences courses. He is also the founder of Romae.org, RicardAcademy.info, and AFireKindled.com.