"Much of the British architecture created between the late 17th century and the late 18th century was driven by one ambitious idea: to recreate the ancient classical world."
This is a link to the full article on Georgian architecture.
Source: Cruickshank, Dan. Georgian architecture: a classical re-education: Georgian architecture was reinvigorated by new discoveries about the ancient Greeks and Romans.The Guardian, Saturday 10 September 2011.
Dan Cruickshank's most recent book is The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital