Classical architecture employs a rich language developed across 25 centuries and many cultures. It is a language of details understood worldwide with its powerful vocabulary of subtle nuance and inflection. Within the study of architecture, the subject of classical interiors has garnered a minor position in the coverage of 20th-century design, as has the general subject of classical architecture after the 1930s. 'Classical Interiors' explores the architecture of the interior as expressed through the dazzling varieties of classical forms. The pursuit of beauty through the language of its details is a primary aim of classicists, and its important function is addressed in essays by noted scholar and author Elizabeth Meredith Dowling.