A Text-Book of the History of Architecture Seventh Edition, by A. D. F. (Alfred Dwight Foster) Hamlin

By A. D. F. (Alfred Dwight Foster) Hamlin

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Peripteral; surrounded by columns. Pseudoperipteral; with false or engaged columns built into the walls of the cella, leaving no pteroma. Dipteral; with double lateral ranges of columns (see Fig. 39). Pseudodipteral; with a single row of columns on each side, whose distance from the wall is equal to two intercolumniations of the front. ; with four, six, eight, or ten columns in the end rows. CONSTRUCTION. All the temples known to us are of stone, though it is evident from allusions in the ancient writers that wood was sometimes used in early times.

It measures only 27 feet by 18 feet in plan; the cella is nearly square; the columns are sturdier than those of the Erechtheum, and the execution of the monument is admirable. C. FIG. —PLAN OF ERECHTHEUM. FIG. —WEST END OF ERECHTHEUM, RESTORED. FIG. —PROPYLÆA AT ATHENS. PLAN. In the Propylæa (Fig. ). It was the master work of Mnesicles. The front and rear façades were Doric hexastyles; adjoining the front porch were two projecting lateral wings employing a smaller Doric order.

The statue of the deity was the focus of internal interest, while externally, groups of statues representing the Olympian deities or the mythical exploits of gods, demigods, and heroes, adorned the gables. Relief carvings in the friezes and metopes commemorated the favorite national myths. , sculpture treated as such and complete in itself—to an architectural framework. The noblest examples of this decorative sculpture are those of the Parthenon, consisting of figures in the full round from the pediments, groups in high relief from the metopes, and the beautiful frieze of the Panathenaic procession from the cella-wall under the pteroma ceiling.

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