Why old buildings use the same leaf design

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • There’s a reason almost every column has the same leaves…

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    In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores why columns look the way they do — in particular, the leave-strewn Corinthian columns you’ll often see on buildings (both old and new).

    These leaves actually have an originating myth courtesy of the writer Vitruvius, crediting Callimachus for the Corinthian column design. The acanthus leaves on the column have remained consistent over millennia, and, over time, have come to represent more than just a sturdy plant.

    They’re on display in this video at the National Arboretum, where columns that used to sit on the United States Capitol have been relocated. These striking columns aren’t just a historical record — they’re a symbol of how Corinthian design and acanthus leaves manage to endure over time.

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  • Livin' Like Larry

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    1. Cause it looks boujee AF

  • Tara Spire

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Tim Evans I'm thinking the modern context of the word has been adapted from the Marxist definition not the French. The bourgeois were those who owned the majority of the wealth and were the catalysts for entrepreneurship and industrialization. Just a thought!

  • Soil Bound

     (Mar 29, 2018)

    Kick rocks

  • Jock Lucas

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    I feel like Vox is the Wikipedia of Youtube, you just click links and nek minute you're watching a video about leaves on old buildings (big fan tho <3)

  • Marty Loso

     (Mar 30, 2018)

    Vox often produces propaganda

  • Andrew Corpus

     (Mar 29, 2018)

    Nen minut

  • J Lee

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    could you please continue the “overrated” series??I love these kind of inspection amongst art!

  • Matt C

     (Apr 2, 2018)

    Hallo898 gjjjhjjj just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s a conspiracy!! It’s used because it’s a good way to hold up a roof!!!

  • Soyoko U.

     (Mar 31, 2018)

    Nope. It's only at a specific time.

  • Science with Katie

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    The jazz hands were commendable 😂👏🏼

  • Feynstein 100

     (Apr 1, 2018)

    Lmao you're everywhere.

  • Real Laundry Sauce

     (Mar 28, 2018)


  • Barton Lynch

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    I love this and have something to share: currently in the US Capitol, by the old Supreme Court, there are columns with ears of corn on top. I love the idea of using the traditional column but topping it with a uniquely American plant. Unfortunately the corn, and the tobacco, didn’t catch on.

  • videogamebomer

     (Mar 31, 2018)

    Nikolas Floros Expect it does mean the USA to must of the world

  • Nikolas Floros

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    You tell 'em Barton Lynch! Thinking American means only the USA is a little US centric don't ya think, guys?

  • PlayGrounds Channel

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    we should build more old buildings 💡

  • Dopik [Dennis]

     (Nov 19, 2018)

    I feel like an idiot reading all this reply

  • Ingrid Diaz

     (Jul 31, 2018)

    Ay you're on Cowbelly

  • Foomandoonian

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    But WHY were the columns removed from the capitol building? I was expecting some sort of interesting story there! (I checked; apparently the building just had an extension put on.)

  • MMMCLXXX ________

     (Apr 24, 2018)

    ((( _extension_ )))

  • lincolnlobster

     (Mar 29, 2018)

    The columns were removed in 1958 when the base of the Capitol was renovated and expanded so as to keep the dome from looking too top-heavy. This gif shows how the east front was expanded: https://thehillishome.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Capitol-Changes.gif

  • Lashan

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    I remember studying this in architecture, but we never learned any reasoning behind the Corinthian design. Good to know!

  • A A360

     (Apr 25, 2018)

    Ink Bold poor little ignorant

  • Ink Bold

     (Apr 8, 2018)

    Abdul Alabdulla sounds like a butt hurt Muslim, did your own culture meant so little to you that you can't learn your history your own and prefer someone else to do it for you? Or did you finally notice that nobody likes Middle East Muslim or their cultures. And nobody cares about your failure culture that breeds violence and misogyny mentality.


     (Mar 28, 2018)

    I wish Vox Borders come back :((Vox Almanac is the second best thing in Vox, but I miss Borders the most)


     (Apr 18, 2018)

    Yus, Vox Borders is back!

  • Lawrence Chen

     (Mar 29, 2018)

    Second this!!!

  • alex coitus

     (Mar 28, 2018)

    Doric were the Spartans, Ionic were the Athenians and Corinthians were from Corinth. Greek city states that had their own style, so simple. Parthenon in Athens Greece has Doric style columns too, because of the 300 Spartans that helped win the war over Xerxes. Also Macedonians were Doric like Spartans

  • Matthew r

     (Jan 4, 2019)

    ​+alex coitus The Greeks mainly built the Doric and Ionic columns because they thought the Corinthians were a bit to much, but there is much more to the Doric and ionic columns then just the capitals for instance the Doric order doesn't have a Base at the bottom and is larger at the bottom and goes thinner to the top, and the Ionic order does have a Base at the bottom and is more thicker in the center, also thank you for the info in the first comment you really helped me, because I was thinking why ...

  • alex coitus

     (Mar 29, 2018)

    im adding a paragraph of wiki for Ionians ____The foundation myth which was current in the Classical period suggested that the Ionians were named after Ion, son of Xuthus, who lived in the north Peloponnesian region of Aigialeia. When the Dorians invaded the Peloponnese they expelled the Achaeans from the Argolid and Lacedaemonia. The displaced Achaeans moved into Aegilaus (thereafter known as Achaea), in turn expelling the Ionians from the Aegilaus.[2] The Ionians moved to Attica and mingled with the ...