The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders

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Overview

Much of our understanding of the origins and early development of the Greek architectural order is based on the writings of ancient authors, such as Virtruvius, and those of modern interpreters. Traditionally, the archaeological evidence has been viewed secondarily and often made to fit within a literary context, despite contradictions that occur. Barbara Barletta’s study examines both forms of evidence in an effort to reconcile the two sources, as well as to offer a coherent reconstruction of the origins and early development of the Greek architectural orders. Beginning with the pre-canonical material, she demonstrates that the relatively late emergence of the Doric and Ionic orders arose from contributions of separate regions of the Greek world, rather than a single center. Barletta’s reinterpretations of the evidence also assigns greater importance to the often overlooked contributions of Western Greece and the Cycladic Islands.
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'This book makes a fundamental contribution to the study of Greek architecture. It offers a clear and concise introduction to the subject that will be welcomed by the nonspecialist. Barletta's formulation of pertinent questions and assessment of the evidence will shape the discussion of the origins of the architectural orders for years to come. Her conclusion challenges us to reevaluate our understanding of Greek architectural origins by allowing the architecture to speak for itself.' American Journal of Archaeology

'Barletta has made a significant contribution in this book, one that has most definitely enhanced the debate on the origins of the Greek architectural orders.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521124225
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Barletta is professor of art history at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. She was recognized as a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in 2002.
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Table of Contents

1. The literary evidence; 2. The archaeological evidence: proto-geometric through the seventh century B.C.; 3. The emergence of the Doric 'Order'; 4. The emergence of the Ionic 'Order'; 5. The origins of the orders: reality and theory; Conclusions: interpretation and implications.
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