The question of how the classical orders achieved their canonical form was first explored by Vitruvius in his Ten Books on Architecture, written at the end of the first century BC.1 In modern times, architects and architectural historians have closely examined extant structures, archaeological evidence, and ancient art in order to identify the sources of inspiration and understand the meanings of classical forms. Among these, Barbara A. Barletta has provided a thorough consideration of the literary and archaeological evidence regarding the Greek architectural orders, and J. J. Coulton has offered a thoughtful investigation of the nature of structure and design.2 In his most recent book, Mark Wilson Jones, an architect and...

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