Classical Architecture: Characteristics & Elements


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Which of these is NOT part of the Vitruvian Triad?

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1. In one word, what was the basic aesthetic of Classical architecture?

2. What was the basic unit by which Classical architects derived the ideal proportions of a structure?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet contains questions addressing central facets of Classical architecture. You'll be tested on your knowledge of the history behind classical architecture as well as several key elements of its design.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet is composed of questions regarding:

  • The Vitruvian Triad
  • Fundamental aesthetics of Classical architecture
  • The ideal proportions of a structure as derived by Classical architects
  • Classical orders and structure

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between aspects that are and aren't a part of the Vitruvian Triad
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately describe the basic aesthetic of Classical architecture
  • Reading comprehension - verify that you've drawn important details from the lesson on Classical structure and orders

Additional Learning

To read more about this type of architecture, you can check out the accompanying lesson titled Classical Architecture: Characteristics & Elements. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with Classical civilizations
  • Know what the golden ratio refers to
  • Define facade and entablature
  • Describe capitals and friezes
  • Explore the architectural forms of triglyphs, metopes, and entasis
  • Review the Classical orders of Ionic, Doric and Corinthian