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Corinthian Columns of Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Corinthian Columns of Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Corinthian Columns of Temple of Olympian Zeus stand 17 m (55.5 feet) high and 2 m (6.5 ft) in diameter. The Temple was made of high-quality Pentelic marble; it was the first time that Corinthian Columns had been used on the exterior of a major temple. The design was for three rows of eight columns across the front and back of the temple and a double row of twenty on the flanks, for a total of 104 columns.

Corinthian Order

The Corinthian style for Columns and Capitals was the last development of the three classical orders of ancient Greek architecture. The other two styles of columns are the Doric which was the earliest, followed by the Ionic order. The Corinthian is the most ornate style. This architectural style is characterised by slender fluted columns and elaborate capitals decorated with acanthus leaves and scrolls. The name Corinthian is derived from the ancient Greek city of Corinth.

Corinthian Columns of Temple of Olympian Zeus

  • Name:        Corinthian Columns
  • Date:          6th century BC to 2nd century AD
  • Material:     Marble
  • City:             Athens, Greece
  • Museum:    Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

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