Last edited 17 Nov 2020


The 'anta' are at the ends of the side walls, with the two columns between them, or 'in antis'.

In classical architecture, anta (plural: antae) are the posts or pillars that project slightly at the end of a wall. They usually flank the doorways of, or entrances to, Greek or Roman temples.

The difference between antae and columns or pillars is that they are directly connected with the temple walls. They evolved from the structural posts made of timber that were used to reinforce the brick walls of more primitive palaces or temples.

They use began with a load-bearing function, but they became more decorative as the wall materials themselves became sufficient to support the structure. Anta are a forerunner of the pilaster.

Temples would often have columns positioned between antae. These were described as being ‘in antis’.

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