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What are triglyphs and metopes?

By |2018-04-22T10:25:19+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Greek temple at Agrigento, Sicily Most Greek temples have a pattern under the pediment known as triglyphs and metopes. The triglyphs alternate with the metopes across the front of the temple. Triglyphs (TRY-gliffs) have three parts, and then in between the triglyphs are the metopes (MET-oh-peas). Perseus killing Medusa (in the middle) [...]

What’s the Ionic order?

By |2017-10-14T15:17:15+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks, What|

Around 500 BC, Greek architectural styles changed so that instead of building temples in the old Doric style, people began to want their new temples for the gods to be built in the new Ionic style. Ionic temples are a little fancier and more delicate than Doric temples, without being as elaborate as Corinthian temples. [...]

What is the Greek Doric order?

By |2017-07-01T00:33:44+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Doric temple at Agrigento, in Sicily The earliest Greek temples were built of wood, but as soon as the Greek began to build in stone, about 510 BC, they built in the Doric style. Doric temples are simple and strong, not fancy like Ionic or Corinthian temples. The elevation of a Doric [...]