The ancient Greeks were wonderful architects. They invented three types of columns to support their buildings. There was the stylish Doric, the Ionic with its scrolls, and the fancy Corinthian. Each was beautiful.

From a distance, each column looked straight, no matter which of the three designs the ancient Greeks used. But up close, the columns might actually tilt a bit, or lean left or right, to better support each building. The Greeks wanted things to be beautiful, but they also wanted things to be strong.

Nearly every public building in ancient Greece incorporated one or more of these three designs. Even in ancient Sparta, these three column designs could be found all over town. These designs are still used today. They have definitely withstood the test of time.

The Doric style is the most plain.

The Ionic design is famous for its scrolls.

The Corinthian style is quite fancy.

Greek Art & Architecture

The Parthenon

Greek Vases & Pottery

QUIZ: Ancient Greek Art and Architecture (Interactive with answers)