There are many Greek columns today from which to choose. All of them are
based on columns from the ancient Greek orders, Doric, Ionic, and
Corinthian. These columns are all classically elegant columns.
Greek columns from the Doric order are the least ornate style of columns
and the oldest. These Greek columns have vertical flutes, or groves,
running up the shaft of the columns. The shafts supported a simple
capital, which in turn supported the abacus, a simple square. The whole
column supports the above beam.
Ionic columns came after Doric columns. These Greek columns had bases on
the bottom. The capitals were decorated with paired scrolls and the
shaft continued to have flutes. Ionic columns were typically taller than
were Doric columns.
The final classical style of Greek columns was from the Corinthian
order. These Greek columns had ornate capitals decorated with stylized
acanthus leaves and continued to have fluting on their shafts.
Greek columns have changed throughout the years, starting with the
Romans and continuing on through the Renaissance up until today. But
they all resemble Greek columns from ancient times. However, today's
Greek columns are made from materials about which the ancient Greeks
never knew, such as fiberglass and composite stone. These modern
materials make Greek columns easier to install and relatively