Architecture and Community

Art and architecture in Ancient Greece reflected the nature of a society that loved freedom and quality. It was an expression of their theology, philosophy and spirituality. Greeks had a great love of the arts and worked for and had a share in, the good of the community. Like the laws governing their country, they respected the individual and community. Greek classical architecture fulfils the spirit of these endeavours and succeeded because the background order it was based on was on a human scale. The columns on a Greek temple gives the building a sense of stability. They support the entablature and the triangular pediment are a visual testament to the belief that man, despite his human failings can achieve greatness in every aspect of life; an optimistic view. Designed to appear straight the fluted columns of the Doric order are in reality bowed on a stylobate, or shaped base.

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