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What is a pediment? Greek architecture

By |2017-07-29T09:59:18+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

The pediment is the triangular place under the roof of a Greek temple. Each temple has two pediments, one on the front and one on the back. They're always isosceles triangles. At first pediments were probably plain, but soon the Greeks began to decorate pediments with stone sculpture. One of the earliest pediments, on the [...]

Parthenon pediment – Ancient Greece

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

Parthenon pediment On the front of the Parthenon, in the triangular pediment, Pheidias carved the contest between Athena and Poseidon to be the main god of the city of Athens, and on the back pediment he put the birth of Athena out of the head of her father Zeus. Neither of these pediments [...]

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. [...]

Greek Corinthian columns

By |2017-07-01T00:29:05+00:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

A Corinthian column capital (from the Pantheon in Rome) By 400 BC, Greek architects had added a third type of column to the old Doric and Ionic styles. People called the new style the Corinthian column, after the city of Corinth. The Greeks never actually used the Corinthian column that much, even in [...]

Rhythm in Greek Temples

By |2017-06-30T15:14:16+00:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Temple of Zeus at Cyrene (North Africa) Greek architects weren't just copying their old wooden temples for the fun of it though, or just because they couldn't think of any better ideas. There was a lot of thought behind each little decision. For one thing, these are religious buildings, so they have to [...]