The composite order
is a mixed order
, combining the volutes
of the Ionic order
with the leaves
of the Corinthian order
. The composite volutes are larger, however, and the composite order also has echinus
ornamentation between the volutes. The column of the composite order is ten diameters high.
Until the Renaissance, the composite was not ranked as a separate order. Instead it was considered as a late Roman form of the Corinthian order. The Arch of Titus, in the forum in Rome was built in 82 and is considered the first example of a Composite order.