Art of the Ancient World, C. 5000 B.c.e.–400 C.E.

Ancient Greek Art

What are the Classical Greek Orders of Architecture?

Greek architects followed fairly strict conventions when designing temples in an attempt to produce a balanced and unified look, an aesthetic valued by the Greeks. The three main “orders,” or patterns of temple-building design are: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Referred to as the “Classical Greek Orders of Architecture,” these systems of proportion and style made a profound impact on the history of architecture and continue to be incorporated into building design to this day.


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