By G.R.H. Wright
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If the plans of ancient buildings are examined in this light, two generalisations can be made. (1) It is possible to set out all ancient building plans fairly readily by measuring out distances alone. In no instance is an instrument for sighting out horizontal angles a necessity. e. there is a uniform development extending over ca 8 millenia. This is made evident by noting the following analytical categories of building plans according to the geometrical form on which they are based. (1) (2) (3) (4) Round (circular) building.
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G. a peristasis of 6 × 13 columns. In this way the design of the Greek temple was worked out in the head, not on the drawing board; and among a group with specialised knowledge and experience it was perhaps better conveyed in words (specifications) than in drawings. As a first step on this path, it was proposed that details of the design were incomplete when construction of the temple began, and were only finally achieved by and through the construction. In short far from the necessity of design drawings to guide the construction of Greek temples, it was the process of construction which was necessary to finalise the design.
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