Posted by aaron on September 20, 2003 at 05:05:49:
In Reply to: The Parthanon posted by Rich Garcia on September 20, 2003 at 00:30:23:
Does anyone happen to know the significance of the stylobate having an upward curvature at its center on both the short and long sides of The Parthanon. In addition, I read that the pillars tilt inward to "give a more vertical appearance from afar" but in another book I read that the tilt of the columns inward is so slight that it would take 2.5 miles upward before they lines of the colunms intersected. Is there any significance to this? One writer seemed to think it represented a DNA helix. I couldn't see it but maybe an architect could. Thank you for your help.
When the viewing the elongated side of the parthanon, the eye perceives the middle portion of the stylobate to sag . The greek therefore compensates for this 'optical illusion' by raising the center span of the stylobate.
Similarly for the columns, inflated at the center to compensate for the 'thinning' which our eye perceives in the middle... as well as inclining inwards to somehow (dont know how exactly) to reinforce the verticality. All these techniques used for the sake of representing the perfect,most ideal temple as far as our eyes, in this case, can see...
Havent read anything on the double helix... though i seriously doubt it...I had never come across anything on the Greeks being knowledgeable on the double helix.
hope this helps.
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