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Corinthian style: the truth

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Today, our virtual journey will take us back to Athens to explore the true roots of the “Corinthian” order. I’m putting the term in brackets, because Vitruvius may have said that the Corinthian order was invented in Corinth, but as … Continue reading

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The Tholos of Olympia

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Continuing our digital covid-19 journey, today we’ll visit Olympia, to see the Tholos (round building) built there by Philip II of Macedon. Philip II and the Olympic games  In the 356 Olympic Games, the king of Macedon, Philip II, took … Continue reading

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The Tholos of Delphi

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The most iconic monument of Delfi is –unexpectedly– not the temple of Apollo where the famous oracle was. It is the Tholos in the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, situated at the east end of the ancient city of Delphi; this … Continue reading

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The Tholos of Epidaurus

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When describing the Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus, the ancient author Pausanias, mentions a round building near the temple of Asclepius, which he calls Tholos (i.e. round building) but fails to mention its use. Nevertheless he believes it is worth … Continue reading

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A paradigm of capitals

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Continuing our virtual journey in Greece, we remain in the Peloponnese, to visit the sanctuary of Epidaurus, dedicated to Asclepius, the healing god. In the 4th century BCE, the sanctuary and the city of Epidaurus embarked upon a construction programme … Continue reading

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An architectural myth

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According to Vitruvius, a Roman architect and architecture historian, what we know as the “Corinthian order” was the invention of a Greek architect called Callimachus. According to Vitruvius, after the death of a young girl in Corinth, her nurse gathered … Continue reading

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Columns of the temple of Zeus

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Today I’m going to show you another monument from an unusual angle: the colossal columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus (17.25m / 56.6 ft), normally tower above trees and buildings. In this picture two of them seem lost among … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: sparrows nesting in a pillar’s capital

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A couple of sparrows had the pluck to make a nest into the most unlikely of places: the decorative spirals of a capital (ie. head of a column or pillar). You can see the male on the lookout (top right, … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: between the columns of Zeus

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The week is nearing its end and I almost forgot to post my customary photo. This is a favorite of mine: it is a view of the Acropolis as seen between the columns of the Temple of Olympic Zeus. To … Continue reading