Video: Optical Illusions at the Parthenon

October 22nd, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys

Who knew? Ancient Greek architects might have been on to something when they built the Parthenon with subtle curves and without right angles. Some scholars argue that these features were intended to counter the brain’s tendency to see optical illusions.

Turns out that the folks at NOVA have known about this for a while. Watch a bit of video below, courtesy of NOVA Online, to learn more.

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