Classical order
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1. Definition

Classical order, a technical term in architecture, denotes the load-bearing system comprising the vertical element of the column and the horizontal entablature above, which together form a colonnade. In terms of structures, the system is found in façade and interior divisions. In early modern architectural theory, sources encompass a wider spectrum of meanings, and it is not always clear exactly what is meant by it.  As w…

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Erben, Dietrich, “Classical order”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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