I love this description of Greek architecture as being a mathematical exercise in measuring of the sun’s progress and its advancing shadows.
Noon: the asphodels, cypresses, oleanders are stilled. A steamy silence strewn with crickets. The sacrificial fragrance rises endlessly. I sit inside the temple and watch the journey of shadows. It is not an accidental, melancholic wandering of darkness but a precise movement of lines dissecting the right angle. It suggests that Greek architecture originated in the sun. Greek architects knew the art of measuring with shadows. The north-south axis was marked by the shortest shadow cast by the sun’s zenith.
Source: Zbigniew Herbert, Barbarian in the Garden, trans. Michael March & Jaroslaw Anders (New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1985), p. 24
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