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The Triglyph Dilemma

One of the great mysteries of Greek architecture which has failed to be explained by either a tectonic or symbolic interpretation is something known as the Triglyph Dilemma. This dilemma occurs due to the insistence of the Greeks upon placing a triglyph at the corner of the entablature while aspiring at the same time to situate one over the axis of each column, resulting in an awkward adjustment of the column at each corner.

This “kicking out” of the column at the corner and the subsequent adjustment along the length of the entablature is one of the hallmarks of the “correct” classical interpretation of the orders.  It is one of the things that gives a properly conceived classical building its character.  Even when the trigyph is not present, as in the Corinthian or Ionic order, this proud corner condition is present.

What is it about this “adjustment” or this desire to adhere to two conflicting conditions that adds such charm to an edifice?  Is it the aspiration of perfection render…

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