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Roman Capitals

The various capitals which we have engraved from Taylor and Cresy's work have been placed in juxtaposition, to show how little variety the Romans were able to produce in following out this application of the acanthus. The only difference which exists is in the proportion of the general form of the mass; the decline in this proportion from that of Jupiter Stator may be seen readily. How different from the immense variety of Egyptian capitals which arose from the modification of the general plan of the capital, even the introduction of the Ionic volute in the Composite order fails to add a beauty, but rather increases the deformity.

Temple of Jupiter Stator, Rome
Temple of Jupiter Stator, Rome.

Temple of Vesta, Tivoli
Temple of Vesta, Tivoli.

Arch of Constantine, Rome
Arch of Constantine, Rome.

Arch of Trajan, Ancona
Arch of Trajan, Ancona.

Arch of Titus, Rome
Arch of Titus, Rome.

Temple of Mars Victor
Temple of Mars Victor, Rome.

Pantheon Rome, Portico
Pantheon Rome, Portico.

Pantheon Rome
Pantheon Rome.

Pantheon Interior
Pantheon Interior.

Arch of Septimius Severus, Rome
Arch of Septimius Severus, Rome.

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