Measurements: 11-15 October 2002
The architecture of the Parthenon
The dimensions of the Parthenon
In the short sides, the difference of the curve of the stylobates from the straight line between the corners AC is about 6.64 cm. In the long sides AB, the difference is 12.28 cm.
If the curves of the stylobates are arcs of circles, the radii KA are 68000/2π for the long sides and 400π^2 for the short. This means that the circumference of the first circle is 68000. But the number 68 is the width of the short sides.
We draw a circle of radius 84 MC. The number 84 is the arithmetic value for ΘΕΑ ΑΘΗΝΑ (goddess Athena). The diameter is 168 MC or approximately 17π^2 (167.8) and the circumference is 17π^3, or 527 MC.
First we inscribe this circle in a square of sides 168 and we bring the diagonals and the perpendicular lines in the middle. Each diagonal is about 238, or 14 x 17, so AK = 7 x 17 = 119. But ΠΑΡΘΕΝΩΝ / Η ΘΕΑ ΑΘΗΝΑ (Parthenon/the goddess Athena) is 1095 / 92 = 11.9.
If we use the corners A, B, C, and D and write circles with radii 168 and 84, we get the points a, b, c and d. The dimensions of the rectangle abcd is 153 x 68 MC and the ratio 9 : 4.
Metopes and triglyphs.