The frieze is plain. The bases were large and looked like a set of stacked rings. Ionic capitals consist of a scrolls above the shaft. The Ionic style is a little more decorative than the Doric.

The Column. For the Greeks and Romans, the column, although obviously ornamental, was also structural, since it supported the roof. There are five types of classical columns, the earliest (dating to about 600 B.C.) was the Doric, followed by Ionic, Corinthian, Composite, and Tuscan (16th Century). The Greeks preferred the Doric and Ionic styles; the Romans, the more ornate Corinthian or the combination style known as Composite.

The terms Doric, Ionic, et al., are also the names of the orders of classical architecture. The order refers to the column plus its top see diagram and bottom. The base of the Doric column was the floor, whereas other orders had an extra piece. The Doric orde



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