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What is a peristyle? Greek architecture

By |2017-07-02T01:15:33+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Peristyle in the House of the Vettii (Pompeii, 79 AD) A peristyle is a courtyard with a covered walkway all the way around it, with columns holding up the ceiling so you can see out into the garden. Peri means "around" and style means "column", so a peristyle is a place with columns [...]

Parthenon columns – optical illusions

By |2018-04-22T10:26:03+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Parthenon, Athens So the architects of the Parthenon set out to make it the best temple ever. Most Greek temples had six columns across the front – the Parthenon has eight. Most temples had either a frieze (a continuous band of sculpture) or metopes (individual panels) – the Parthenon has both. There's a [...]

Archaic Greece – Stone temples

By |2017-06-30T15:05:48+00:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Temple of Herakles, Agrigento, Sicily In early Archaic Greek temples, the columns and the roof were made of wood. To keep the wood from rotting, Greek builders put a flat stone under each column. And to help the columns support the weight of the roof, they put a block of wood at the top of [...]

African Architecture

By |2018-10-11T10:27:20+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|

African architecture: the pyramids at Giza, in Egypt, about 2500 BC First African buildings Africa was probably the place where people first built any kind of building, because people lived in Africa before they lived anywhere else. But those early huts didn't last. Early history of Africa All our Africa articles What is [...]