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Temple of Athene at Paestum

Date

500 BC

Material

Limestone architrave.

Local sandstone trigylphs.

Plan

13x6.

Peripteral hexastyle.

No opisthodomos (temple too small?)

No columns in cella.

Prostyle portico in Ionic order to create deeper porch.

Cuboid raised on a stylobate.

Elevation

Highly decorative Doric capitals.

28 flutes on Ionic columns of Prostyle portico that meet at a sharp edge (usually flat), with a cushioned base.

Decoration

Highly decorative Doric capitals.

Semi-circular fluting tips with deep recess filled with drooping petals.

Relief moulding under echinus.

Unusual Features

Combination of Doric and Ionic orders.

Experimentation within the orders, for example Prostyle portico, fluting on the columns and decorated Doric capitals.

Decoration on cornice.


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