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Post & Lintel

The Parthenon of Acropolis makes use of this construction quite generously. I read that ancient Athenians (Greeks) were masters of stylized architecture and well versed at enhancing a building’s visual appeal. Not all pillars are of identical dimensions; to prevent (or at least minimize) perspective related distortions and apparent mismatch of sizes, the pillars were deliberately constructed with varying dimensions (to the tune of 10 to 20cm) and tapers. The final result would be that a person standing a certain distance in front of the structure, facing the row of pillars, would still be confronted by the appearance of perfectly identical pillars, spaced at uniform intervals. Apparently, to the Athenian’s eyes, if these mathematically worked out dimensions were not adhered to (and the visual impact not achieved), they would be no better than barbarians.

 

From the archives, 2015. 

Post & Lintel

The Parthenon of Acropolis makes use of this construction quite generously. I read that ancient Athenians (Greeks) were masters of stylized architecture and well versed at enhancing a building’s visual appeal. Not all pillars are of identical dimensions; to prevent (or at least minimize) perspective related distortions and apparent mismatch of sizes, the pillars were deliberately constructed with varying dimensions (to the tune of 10 to 20cm) and tapers. The final result would be that a person standing a certain distance in front of the structure, facing the row of pillars, would still be confronted by the appearance of perfectly identical pillars, spaced at uniform intervals. Apparently, to the Athenian’s eyes, if these mathematically worked out dimensions were not adhered to (and the visual impact not achieved), they would be no better than barbarians.

 

From the archives, 2015. 

comments (12)

beautiful bright image, especially with the moon...
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Jan 2018, 00:23
The fragments that remain certainly point to a cultured, ancient civilisation, Ayush.
Superbes ruines sur ce beau ciel bleu.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Jan 2018, 06:20
That is interesting about the small variation in column size, Ayush
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Jan 2018, 06:35
I am intrigued by the Greek mind-set Ayush
Such attention to fine detail and concern over the visual result has not carried over into modern architecture
Très beau plan rapproché surcette merveille architecturale.
Bonne journée
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Jan 2018, 08:45
The standard construction technique before the invention of the arch Ayush.
An altogether very interesting post Ayush.
I love that you have captured the timeless moon with the timeless stone.
They were clever builders
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jan 2018, 00:23
I love the moon in the background smile

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