This fascinating introduction to classical art and architecture investigates the way classical buildings are put together as formal structures. It researches the generative rules, the poetics of composition that classical architecture shares with classical music, poetry, and drama, and is enriched by a variety of examples and an extensive analysis of compositional rules. The 205 line drawings make up a discourse of their own, a pictorial text that serves as an introductory theory of composition or basic design aid.
"Classical Architecture is surely the first work in English to attempt to assemble,
classify, and demystify the ill-understood legacy of classical lore which is, in many respects, the very basis of architecture in the West." Kenneth Frampton