With the fall of communism, the Balkan Peninsula is now an exciting place for tourists and scholars to visit – and among its previously hidden gems are the remains of the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD 244-312) in Split, Croatia.Fourteen centuries later, Diocletian’s palace made a huge impression on an ambitious young architect, Robert Adam, who heard about it while on his Grand Tour. Although his visit to the palace was made difficult and cut short by the ruling Venetians, who suspected him of spying, it did not stop Adam, seven years later, publishing his monumental and highly successful work, The Ruins of Spalatro (as Split was then known), which confirmed him as a rising new talent.

This book tells the story of Adam’s rediscovery of the architecture of the Tetrarchs and how Diocletian’s palace inspired features in some of Adam’s most famous houses, such as Kedleston, Syon and his ill-fated Adelphi development in London. Woven into this tale is the intriguing and little-known history of the Tetrarchs themselves, the four emperors, who ruled harmoniously as colleagues for twelve years and left us with an extraordinary architectural legacy.



PAGES: 196pp 4-colour

ILLUSTRATIONS: 197 colour and 20 B&W photographs, drawings, maps and engravings

SIZE: 205mm (w) x 275mm (h)

PRICE: £20 + P&P. (UK £3.50, Europe £7.80, USA/Australia/Rest of World £13.00)

ISBN: 978-0-9575719-0-7

Diocletian's Palace
This is the courtyard of Diocletian’s Palace in Split (known as the peristyle), elements of which Adam transposed to form the basic plan of the Entrance Hall and Saloon of Kedleston (below), thereby transforming a simple Roman exterior into one of the grandest of English interiors.
The Marble Hall at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire