The Classical World

The civilization of classical Rome borrowed much from ancient Greece and developed it in its own way. The fundamental style was constant, however, over a thousand-year span. The art and architecture of the ancient world were based on order and regularity, enhanced with decorative elements inspired by nature, animals and the human form. Myths, legends and tales of the gods featured in many places, from architectural friezes to designs on vases or wall paintings

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Decorative elements from classical antiquity, as surviving in the 18th century, © Wedgwood Museum

Decorative elements from classical antiquity, as surviving in the 18th century
© Wedgwood Museum