Ancient Greek and Roman ornaments

A large collection of free Roman and Ancient Greek ornaments. All files available for download are: vector illustrations (eps and svg formats) or 2D CAD geometry (dwg format). To modify these ornaments you will need vector graphic or 2D CAD software.

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Ancient Greek ornament as found on the friezes, acroteria, antefixes, and capitals, or, as in the painted variety, found on vases, bands, plates, and other surface decorations - was of a severe and refined order, almost all of which had its birthplace in Egyptian and Assyrian forms, that in the first instances were used in a symbolic sense, but under the hands of Greek artists had lost all their former meaning, and were developed and partly transformed into a wealth of purely aesthetic forms.

The three great laws of nature that the Greek artists carefully observed:
- Radiation from the parent stem
- Proportional distribution of areas
- Tangential curvature of the lines.

Roman ornament is the continuity of the Greek and Etruscan styles, consisting of the anthemion, the acanthus and the scroll; the Romans using these forms with greater exuberance and elaboration, together with bold and vigorous carving, yet lacking the simplicity, refinement and graceful contour of the Greek and Etruscan forms.

Roman ornament consists largely of continuous volute lines clothed with cups and sheaths of acanthus foliage, the various volutes terminating in a rosette. These main volutes are frequently interwoven with fine curved or volute lines, clothed with acanthus or other foliation, such as vine, olive and ivy.

Abstract Ancient Greek ornament Ceiling ornaments from the Parthenon Ancient Greek key patterns
Abstract Ancient Greek ornament Ceiling ornaments from the Parthenon Ancient Greek key patterns
     
Ancient Greek marquetry ornament Roman rectangular ornament vector Ancient Greek ornament vector
Ancient Greek marquetry ornament Roman rectangular ornament vector Ancient Greek ornament vector
     
Ancient Greek fret patterns Ancient Greek ornamental panel Ancient Greek meanders
Ancient Greek fret patterns Ancient Greek ornamental panel Ancient Greek meanders
     
Ancient Greek round pattern Ancient Greek rectangular ornament Palmette square ornament
Ancient Greek round pattern Ancient Greek rectangular ornament Palmette square ornament