Ionic

DEFINITION

The second of the three orders of classical Greek architecture. Ionic columns are more slender than those of the Doric order. Their dimensions are eight to nine meters high, instead of Doric's four to five. Ionic columns have a molded base beneath them. At the top of these fluted shafts, are laterality positioned volutes, beneath rectangular blocks of stone. Dentils are placed along the length of the Ionic cornice.Images: A schematic diagram of the Doric order and a diagram of the Ionic order.

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