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Later than the doric, the ionic order has a
distinctive capital, with two volutes,
echinus based on a water lily shape.
The Greek capital was straight sided, the volutes on
the Roman capital angled outwards. The columns, on attic bases,
usually have about
twenty four flutes, and are between eight and nine diameters in height. The entablature
is usually about one-fifth of the whole. The cornice
projects and often has dentil
ornamentation, the frieze can be decorated, the
architrave is usually divided into three
see Classical Architecture.