Doric Order

The oldest and simplest of the five classical orders, developed in Greece in the 7th century BC and later imitated by the Romans, characterized by a flute column having no base, a plain cushion-shaped capital supporting a square abacus and an entablature consisting of a pplain architrave, a frieze of triglyphs and metopes, and a cornice, the corona of which has mutules on its soffit. In the Roman Doric order, the columns are more slender and usually have bases, the channeling is sometimes altered or omitted, and the capital consists of a bandlike necking, an echinus, and a molded abacus.

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis D.K. Ching. All rights reserved.

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