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Roaming Point Perspective: A Dynamic Interpretation of the Visual Refinements of the Greek Doric Temple

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Writers, artists, and mathematicians since Vitruvius have attributed the use of the visual refinements as a means by which the Greek builders optically corrected the form of the Doric temple. This study proposes an interpretation in which the visual refinements of the Parthenon are considered from a non-stationary, or “roaming”, point of view. The mathematics of this type of visual space reveals a dynamic zone in which objects visually increase and decrease simultaneously, a behavior consistent with conditions addressed by the visual refinements of the Parthenon.

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Correspondence to Michael C. Duddy.

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Duddy, M.C. Roaming Point Perspective: A Dynamic Interpretation of the Visual Refinements of the Greek Doric Temple. Nexus Netw J 10, 291–306 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00004-007-0071-9

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Keywords:

  • Doric temple
  • Greek architecture
  • Parthenon
  • optics
  • perspective
  • Euclidean geometry
  • non-Euclidean geometry
  • projective geometry
  • hyperbolic visual space