It's incredible that these ancient structures were not constructed using cement. Instead the pieces were perfectly carved to fit together much like legos.
When the Greeks first began building temples the columns were plain, but as time progressed they became more and more fancy. Understanding the different types of columns is one way archaeologists place a structure in a particular time period. Doric columns are the simplest. Ionic have swirls at the tops and Corinthian have swirls, leafs, grapes and other decorative features. Caryatid columns were sculpted in the shape of a person, usually a woman. Examples of all four types of these columns can still be seen today on temples throughout the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
We constructed our columns from toilet paper rolls.
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