Torus: Greek architecture

Case contributed by Dr Matt Skalski


Image of the base of a Greek column.


Image of the base of a greek column, with a torus. 

Case Discussion

The cortical buckling sometimes seen in incomplete fractures of childhood  are usually referred to as torus fractures. These fractures derive their name from the convex upper member of the base of a Greek column, as depicted here. 

A torus is also the term given to the geometric shape of a doughnut, which is a cylinder wrapped into a circle (similar to what is seen at the base of a Greek column). This should not be confused with Taurus, which is the astrological term for a bull. 

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rID: 38517
Published: 22nd Jul 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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