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What do you think was the purpose of having this combination of visual elements (the Doric Order) in Greek architecture? Why have a standardization for architecture and ornamentation?

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Discussion of Greek column styles, Doric in particular, with Web based resource and URLs, and discussion of the standardization of architectural forms.

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There are several scholarly Web sites that you can access to use for citations for any paper that you might eventually have to write on this topic - I have noted facts here from several good ones you might also choose to use.

A good understandable article on the Doric order is located at the following Web site: http://sites.scran.ac.uk/ada/documents/general/orders/classical_doric.htm

Of the three column styles that originated in Greece, the Doric order is the plainest and most simplistic in design. Ionic and Corinthian are both much more ornate than the Doric. It is for this reason that the Doric was chosen (for its elegant simplicity) for the Parthenon - that great temple to the patron goddess of Athens, Athena. The Doric order has also been judged the first, or oldest style of columns among the three.

This paragraph, copied and pasted from the following site (http://www.doric-column.com/), explains the style very well:

Characteristics of the Doric Column
The order encompasses the entire building system columns and entablature, while individual columns have characteristics belonging to one of the orders. In ancient Greece, Doric columns were stouter than those of the Ionic or Corinthian orders. Their smooth, round capitals are simple and plain compared to the other two Greek orders. A square abacus connects the capital to the entablature. In Greece, the Doric column was placed directly on the pavement or floor without benefit of a base. Examples of Doric columns in the Greek style include: the Heraeum at Olympus (590 BCE), the Basilica at Paestum (about 530 BCE) and the Parthenon (447-432 BCE). When the Romans adopted Doric columns for their buildings, changes were made. Roman Doric columns tend to be slimmer than the Greek Doric columns. At their base, Roman Doric columns are usually adorned with the Attic base, composed of an upper ...

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