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Let us now look at taxis and its formal schemata as they are illustrated in theoretical work on classical architecture and as they have been applied diagrammatically in specific buildings. Taxis is a key category in Vitruvius's De Architectura. Here, taxis is defined as the "balanced adjustment of the details of a work separately, and, as to the whole, the arrangement of the proportion with a view to a symmetrical result" (bk. I, ch. II, para. 2). Compared with Aristotle's, this definition is not very clear.