Week 2: Greek and Roman Architectural Influences
This week you will read and learn about architectural influences from Ancient Greece and the
Roman Empire. What are some of the main features of these architectural styles? Use examples
from the text or the digital fieldtrip archives to help support your answer. Please remember to
provide images and citations to help illustrate your points.
An element of Greek architecture that is used often in many modern-day buildings are column
styled after the Classical Orders (Sayre, 2013).
The three orders are Doric, Ionic and Corinthian
and according to Becker, the orders “Do not merely serve as descriptors for the remains of
ancient buildings but as an index to the architectural and aesthetic development of Greek
architecture itself,” (Khan Academy, n.d., para 1).
The earliest order is the Doric order and it is the most simple of the three because it represents
the transition from materials such as wood, to permanent materials like stone.
The design is