The Parthenon and Other Greek Temples: Their Dynamic Symmetry

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Yale University Press, 1924 - Architecture - 103 pages
Presents author's theory that the Parthenon was designed according to the principles of dynamic symmetry.

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Page 77 - I have wandered over a larger portion of the earth than any man of my time, inquiring about things most remote ; I have observed very many climates and lands, and have listened to very many learned men ; but no one has...
Page xxiii - In the first place, we are told by Proclus that Eudoxus "greatly added to the number of the theorems which Plato originated regarding the section, and employed in them the method of analysis'." It is obvious that " the section" was some particular section which by the time of Plato had assumed great importance ; and the one section of which this can safely be said is that which was called the " golden section," namely, the division of a straight line in extreme and mean ratio which appears in Eucl.
Page 86 - in power," but, as the particular power represented by Swu/uĞ in Greek geometry is square, I have thought it best to use the latter word throughout.
Page 86 - Aristotelis physicorum libros quatuor priores commentary, ed. H. Diels, pp. 61-68, Berlin, 1882) — and is so used, for the most part, in paragraphs which, according to the criterion laid down in P. 72, n. 45, must be regarded as genuine. Now since...
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Page 91 - MARBLE BLOCKS. for the present Parthenon. It is, however, the average length of twenty of the twenty-nine blocks of the lower step of the north side of the cella and of a number on the other sides. All these had doubtless been used in the older Parthenon. The height of these blocks is 0.385 m., the same, that is, as that of the uppermost course of the foundation in situ within the older cella (PLATE VIII). Ranged with this course, as seems most natural, the marble blocks will have in the older building...
Page 86 - ... however, the word seems not to be used steadily in the same signification, and in 148 A it certainly means 'root.
Page 86 - (Thecetetus of Plato, p. 21, note.) thinks that 'it is not clear that in Plato's time this point of terminology was fixed.
Page xiii - Hambidge presents in detail, by means of the most careful measurements and analyses, the evidence on which he bases his theory that the Parthenon was designed In accordance with the principles of proportion called by him "dynamic symmetry.
Page 86 - ... criterion laid down in p. 72, n. 45, must be regarded as genuine. Now since Eudemus, in this fragment, gives an analysis of the work of Hippocrates, and, moreover, frequently refers to him by name, it is probable that, in parts at least, he quoted the work on lunes textually, and that the word Swdfift, which occurs throughout, must have been used by Hippocrates, who we know was connected with the Pythagoreans.

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