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.
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