Basalt Column from Umm Qais

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 15 February 2019

This column was shaped in the Classical Ionic Order; a characteristic capital with volutes. The detailed carving of this capital was not finished off. This may be due, in part, to the difficulty of carving accurate details in the local rough basalt of northern Jordan. Another factor could have been the need to quickly produce large numbers of columns, for example for the main street in Gadara (which was later renovated in the Corinthian order). Roman period, 1st century CE. From Umm Qais, Gadara, northern Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, February 15). Basalt Column from Umm Qais. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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