A capital used originally by the Greeks in a system
of supports called the Corinthian order. The Corinthian capital was
developed further in Roman times and used often in the medieval period,
again, without strict adherence to the rest of the system. The
Corinthian capital is more ornate than the Ionic. It is decorated with
superimposed rows of carved foliage (acanthus leaves) around the
At the comers of the capital there are small volutes. The Corinthian
capital is essentially the same from all sides. Adaptations of the
Corinthian capital are common in the Middle Ages.
See also column,
abacus or impost block.
See also other types of capital