Columns as oars · 2005-10-17

I am astonished by a happy coincidence. In Anaximander and the Architects by Robert Hahn I find a reference to Socrates’ Ancestor by Indra Kagis McEwen. He argues that:

“the columns had a nautical significance (…); the dipteral colonnades around the naos, (…) are like a double row of oars propelling a ship”. (Hahn, p. 87).

I can’t read this book, but his thesis agrees with my own ideas: the relations between nautics, architecture and philosophy. Actually, I think that buildings made with overturned boats, the first temples, functioned as an image of the universe for the first philosophers, with the hull as a model of the starry sky.

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