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What is a fluted column?

By |2017-07-01T00:45:13-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Fluted columns from the Forum in Rome Most Greek and Roman columns (but not all) were fluted. That means they had narrow channels running up and down them. The Greeks probably started this idea because their earliest columns were made out of wooden tree trunks. When the builders shaved the bark off the [...]

Greek architraves and columns

By |2019-02-01T06:46:36-07:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

A Greek architrave: the stones running along the tops of the columns. This is the Temple of Hera - Agrigento, Sicily (ca. 450 BC) Greek temples on platforms Greek architects wanted to make the temples look more impressive. They started to build temples on top of small stone platforms with steps going up [...]

Archaic Greece – Stone temples

By |2017-06-30T15:05:48-07:00June 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 [...]