Its roots, however, remain classical as may be understood by noting that Smith's Deco ornament typically abstracts classical triglyphs, acroteria
, quadrant fans, chevrons, and volutes.
In Greek and Roman times, metals were used almost only honorifically: as decoration in for instance the metal acroteria
of some Hellenistic temples, and in the gilded bronze plates of the Pantheon's roof and portico (the latter only finally wrenched off in the early seventeenth century by the the Barberini pope Urban VIII to make Bernini's baldacehino in St Peter's -- hence the comment Quod non fecerunt barbari, fecerunt Barberini).
Bulla Ager Veientanus Aeolus Carians Agriculture (1/2 col + refs Aequi Carthaginians to butchery, farming Agylla (caere) Aesaronenses Celts acroteria
Africa, North Chariot Alalia (see Corsica) Agamemnon Cimmmerians Alban hills Aita (Hades) Cippus Albegna valley Ajax (plate ref.
The exterior street facades include a monumentally scaled copper cornice with raised acroteria
These included two acroteria
with the symbols of the Dioskouroi: a pilos with a superimposed star.
Chapter Seven treats the pediments and acroteria
of the Parthenon.