|From the book on Vitruvius by Thomas Smith. Thanks to Steve Shriver of art+works|
Callimachus was a Greek architect and sculptor who was inspired by the sight of a votive basket that had been left on the grave of a young girl. A few of her toys were in it, and a square tile had been placed over the basket, to protect them from the weather. An acanthus plant had grown through the woven basket, mixing its spiny, deeply cut leaves with the weave of the basket.
The rest is history... oddly the Corinthian capital was rarely used on Greek buildings. The Romans loved it.