A little bit about the Grecian Orders of columns

Ever wondered about the different orders of Grecian columns?


Of course you have! For most people, those fancy columns that come attached to the front of antebellum houses, stately mansions, and ancient Roman and Greek ruins, all look the same. But, the truth is there is a ton of history to those similar-looking columns, and they're made up of a lot of little parts that complete what is considered a classical "column". if you're interested in learning more info about all those little parts, check out this awesome article by the good folks at Brittanica.

Now, the Greeks loved themselves some columns, and over time they settled on three distinct orders of columns: doric, ionic, and corinthian. Though there are a variety of differences between the columns, the most easily identifiable is the capital, which is the part at the very tippy top.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice I've been posting a lot of pictures of buildings. That's because I've been working with a real estate development company lately and have become really fascinated with the different styles of houses and the techniques they use to convey meaning through form. One of the things I've been noticing a lot of are these capitals, so I did a little research on the different types.

So, here are the deets on the three orders of columns and their identifiable capitals:


Doric column
The earliest Grecian column order, the capitals of Doric columns are simple, with no adornment.
Ionic columns
The capitals of Ionic columns are identifiable by their swirly scrolls.
Corinthian columns
The fanciest of all the columns, the Corinthian column is decorated with ornate floral or leaf designs.

So, now you know a little more about all those cool columns dripping from the front of buildings around you.


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