on either side of a central group comprising three seated ancients--the architect Ictinus
, the painter Apelles, and the sculptor Phidias--flanked by an allegory of Gothic art on the left and an allegory of the Renaissance on the right, while on the proscenium the genie des arts (in the plural) get ready to hand out wreaths of laurels to deserving students.
The famous citadel, which Strabo described as 'the sacred precinct of Athena, comprising both the old temple of Athena Polias, in which is the lamp that is never quenched, and the Parthenon built by Ictinus
, in which is the work in ivory by Pheidias, the Athena; stood imprisoned by medieval crenellated walls and guarded by belligerent rectangular towers.
Those in charge of my upbringing (the famous Pheidias, Ictinus
and Callicrates) took great pains that I grew properly.
Still the time honoured tests of Ictinus
and Callicrates came up trumps with five views of the Parthenon.
, and Dinochares,(8) and a number of Greek philosophers and Roman generals and statesmen: Demetrius of Phaleron,(9) Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Curius, both Catos, the gens Fabia, the Scipios, `totus ille triumphalis senatus'.
Newest members include Sun Edison at the General level, ictinus
consulting GmbH at the Corresponding level, and Egret Consulting Group, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy, Project Frog and System Integration at the Supporting level.
Given that modern information technologies have radically compressed our perception of historical time, it should come as no surprise that the disillusioned draftsmen of the '60s and '70s have become the modern-day equivalents of Ictinus
, Callicrates, and Phidias.
No, since you were going to ask, there's no Callicrates or Ictinus
which is just as well since this is about contemporary Edinburgh architecture and not the old stuff.