Theories of how classical architecture sprang from a wood hut seem plausible enough. Some gradual progression was obviously involved. But somehow, when rendered in the form of a step-by-step history, however evocatively illustrated, it seems to lose all plausibility, elucidating transitions that generously partake of the highly unlikely. Classicism probably emerged less rudimentarily, bursting onto the scene rather suddenly, the child of genius or a set of geniuses in one or more relatively advanced societies, however ancient, possibly in several far flung corners of the globe. Yet seeking roots in pre-history is natural, human, all too human.
Calder Loth sent the one below, by Sir William Chambers, from his Treatise on Civil Architecture, to the TradArch list. So I rebroadcast it in the form of a wish that all readers may enjoy the blessings of the new year, and that their affairs evolve in 2014 as beautifully as this: