Σάββατο, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

PARTHENON

 

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Ένας πολιτισμός τόσων αιώνων...

Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens was first mentioned in 15th century BC. Athens is called the "cradle of civilization" - it's the birthplace of democracy, western philosophy, political science, literature, theater, and the Olympics. Athens is the land of Gods. According to ancient Greeks' beliefs, the city was a battleground where Athena, goddess of wisdom, fought with Poseidon, lord of seas. Athena emerged victorious and the city was named after her. However, offended Poseidon had his revenge by making the area waterless. Of course, this story is only one of many great ancient Greek myths, but the fact remains that water shortages plague the city to this very day. Moreover, hot Athens weather, probably, makes Greeks wish for a different outcome of the legendary battle.
 
One of the most famous monuments in the centre of Athens is the Parthenon.
The Parthenon's meticulous design, thought out right to the smallest details, which are completely invisible to the outside observer, creates an interesting optical illusion. The temple seems perfectly rectilinear, but in fact its contours don't have any straight lines. For example, the corner columns are not circular in the cross-section and thicker than others in the diameter. Otherwise they would seem thinner, but thanks to this technique all columns visually look the same.
Because one picture is equal to 1000 words, just view the below video :




by MaNt0

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