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Ionic Column

Ionic Column

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Definition:

Ionic is one of three column styles developed in ancient Greece. More slender and more ornate than the earlier Doric style, an Ionic column has scroll-shaped ornaments on the capital, or top.

Features of an Ionic Column:

  • Stands on a base of stacked disks
  • Shafts are usually fluted, but can be plain
  • A pair of volutes (scroll-shaped ornaments) decorates the capital
Facts About Ionic Columns:
  • First used in the mid-6th century BC
  • Originated in Ionia, a region settled by Greeks who spoke the Ionian dialect
Architectural Styles that use Ionic Columns: Buildings With Ionic Columns:
Common Misspellings: ionac, ianic, onic, oinic
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