|The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Is it Ionic, Doric, or Corinthian?|
I was there, only one column still stands.
|The Temple of Zeus ruins, Athens, demonstrates the ancient |
Greek penchant for decorating their posts and lentils.
|Doric decoration as seen|
in the Parthenon
|The iconic Ionic|
So, apart from impressing one's friends, why is it important to know at least a little about Greek architecture? It wouldn't be, except for the fact that the Romans copied the Greeks, then the Italians copied their erstwhile forbearers and French copied them followed, lastly by us Americans who copied the French (and virtually everyone else). Fortunately, we don't do that so much anymore. Classical Greek architecture probably enjoyed one too many "revivals" and even for government buildings, has fallen out of favor. But who knows? It might come back. In the meantime, with a little mnemonic strategy, it won't be "all Greek to you."
|The Eisenhower Executive Office Building (next door to the White House). Beaux Art architecture decorated in Greek fondant with a chocolate marble center. |
(The capitals are Ionic.)