Perhaps the most iconic of all classical orders; the ionic order. Plate XX from 'Le Ruines Plus Beaux des Monuments de la Grace' by Julien David LeRoy (1758).

Perhaps the most iconic of all classical orders; the ionic order. Plate XX from 'Le Ruines Plus Beaux des Monuments de la Grace' by Julien David LeRoy (1758).

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The Ionic order originated, unsurprisingly, in seafaring Ionia in the early 6th century BC. Culturally, the Ionians were thoroughly Greek and quite naturally they spoke Ionian, a Greek dialect.

The Ionic order originated, unsurprisingly, in seafaring Ionia in the early 6th century BC. Culturally, the Ionians were thoroughly Greek and quite naturally they spoke Ionian, a Greek dialect.

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IONIC ORDER Ionic shafts were taller than Doric ones. This makes the columns look slender. They also had flutes, which are lines carved into them from top to bottom.

IONIC ORDER Ionic shafts were taller than Doric ones. This makes the columns look slender. They also had flutes, which are lines carved into them from top to bottom.

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