The coffering of Hadrian's Pantheon
Brackett, Marion Conway Farmer
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Much attention has been given to why the architect of Hadrian’s Pantheon incorporated a coffering scheme of 28 radials into the concrete dome that do not absolutely align with the subordinate architectural elements of the Pantheon’s drum. It is the purpose of this thesis to answer that query firstly by examining the antecedents of coffering established in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman architecture by surveying coffers’ physical appearance, architectural environment, and metaphorical role. Then, secondly and more significantly, this paper addresses that question directly by reviewing and critiquing a variety of notable interpretations regarding the construction, purpose, and symbolism of the Pantheon’s coffers. Finally, this study concludes by investigating if and how the Pantheon’s coffering influenced the coffering of later Roman Imperial architecture.