Rudiments of ancient architecture, containing an historical account of the five orders, with their proportions, and examples of each from antiques also, extracts from Vitruvius, Pliny, &c. relative to the buildings of the ancients — London, 1810 (4. Aufl.)

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ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE. 35

idea or example, lie afterwards made co-
lumns for the Corinthians, ordaining the
proportions such, as constitute the Corin-
thian order."

Vitruvius, in the foregoing account,
forgot the peculiarities of the Corinthian
cornice, or, the entablature to that order
was not then practised in the manner we
find remaining among ancient buildings;
for to this cornice, the modillion is ever an
attendant. But exactly according to this
description of Vitruvius, is the cornice of
the portico at Athens, called Poikilie, as
represented by Stuart.

The superior beauty and elegance of this
order have rendered it famous, and the
many examples existing among the frag-
ments of antiquity, sufficiently evince the
great esteem with which it was regarded.

The ravages of cruel and desolating war
have not left us one remain of this order,
of the many celebrated examples which
the city of Corinth possessed, where arts
of every kind, and particularly Architec-
ture, eminently flourished and were carried
to perfection. In latter times, the conduct
of Lucius Mummius, in the destruction of
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