oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Geometry enlivened: interpreting the refinements of the Greek Doric temple

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



In the literature on Greek architecture, the customary practice of concentrating on the refinements of the Parthenon creates the impression that the Athenian temple is unique in this regard, whereas it is in fact merely the culmination of a long-established practice. The invention of refinements cannot be seen as an exclusive Attic preserve: even if they were most fully developed in that area during the fifth century, an examination of extant temples demonstrates that a number of refinements originated at an earlier date in other parts of the Greek world.

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