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Neoclassicism: Roman/Ancient Greek Architectural Influences In Contemporary Western World

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In almost every state capitol in the nation, there are traces of the Ancient Greece and Ancient Roman architecture. These traces can be seen in not only buildings, such as houses, national buildings, and offices, but also in arches, churches, and even spas (bath houses).

These various architectural designs that the Western society has adopted shows how heavily influenced we are by the Ancient Greek culture and Roman culture. During this era, the building was intended to communicate its function to the viewer automatically. Also known as architecture parlante-- which literally means "speaking architecture"-- its purpose is to explain its identity to the viewer. 

The term used for this adoption of architecture is known as Neoclassicism. As part of the Neoclassical movement in the 19th century, Neoclassicism is the desire to return to the roots of Greek and Roman architectural design. 

In this exhibit, there will be three subcategories. These subcategories are part of the Classical Order, which are also known as the three Ancient Greek Orders. A brief description of each order will be given as well as where they appear in Western society.

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