Man is the measure of all things

The thrill from making my own Parthenon kind of dwindled the more I was looking at it. Model was kind of weird and not closely as perfect as original building. And it was no wonder because the more I looked into the original, it become more and more amazing.


Even in its remains, as it is now, eye of an observer can’t remain untouched by it’s harmony and beauty. It may seem it is a happy coincidence that something this beautiful was made by humans but it is not. A pure knowledge of geometry and sculpture was an unexpected compound that made the most perfect building in the world.

Scheme used by the builders to convert different measurement units. It also shows a golden ratio.

Parthenon was built based on a model of a perfect man. Protagoras said: “Man is the measure of all things.” This famous thought was nowhere so well materialized as in measures of Parthenon.

Even more stunning is the fact that although lines on Parthenon look straight, they are curved and this slight curvature actually contributes to harmony. Every column of a colonnade is slightly curved and leaned to the center of a building. Foundation of Parthenon is also curved and this is not a mistake because it has a subtle but important purpose. Ancient Greeks knew a lot about geometry and, as it appears, about optical illusions. They used these curvatures to make lines more straight than a straight line.

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Two parallel straight lines look curved when seen with converging lines so that is why Parthenon is curved in the other direction and, as a result, it looks straight in perspective. These curvatures are so slight they can’t be seen with a bare eye, or even drawn without of a computer, so it is a real mystery how the Greek managed to make it with tools and technology they had. You can see detail explanation in the video below.  You can see detail explanation in the video below. I will just tell you, it’s the craftiness the Greeks were so good at.


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