|City Hall, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
Swag, cinquefoil, egg and dart, dentil molding, Ionic capital, pilaster and volute. If these terms mean something to you, you're probably not a botanist, nor a dentist. Probably not a strutting hipster either. Instead you're probably an architect. This image of Charleston's City Hall illustrates architectural elements dating back to the era of the ancient Greeks, the great builders of the Parthenon. The classical style has been so influential over time that it can be seen ubiquitously throughout the western world. Yes, the style is so prevalent that, as a matter of fact, I just happen to have a Greek temple of my very own, in my back yard, built by some fellow named Ictinus.