Just as an FYI, the columns on many ancient structures, such as the
entrances to amphitheaters, were wider at the top than at the bottom.
This was done on purpose so that the columns look like they are the
exact same diameter from bottom to top. If they *were* the same
diameter, they would look narrower at the top when viewed from the
bottom, which happens to be where most folks view them from.
Many other surfaces that appear straight and even from the ground were
actually curved and/or wider/narrower to give the illusion of them
being "even" in the mind of the observer.
Them there ancients were pretty darn smart.
On Wed, 09 Dec 2009 13:13:53 -0800, DerbyDad03 wrote:
Yeah, so I'd heard (and Stonehenge uses the same psychology, but makes
them even narrower at the top to give the illusion of greater height)
Definitely. Some of the arguments related to astronomical alignments in
their structures are quite compelling, too - shame it all gets lumped in
with the same groups that say it was all down to aliens :-)
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