Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Classic Period (cont')

Quantum, physics, Charlene Brown
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Alexandria Serapeum
Computer painting
Charlene Brown

This painting of the Temple of Serapis at Alexandria doesn’t actually exist except on my computer.
A little background... After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in the 4th century BCE, a combined Hellenistic-Egyptian god in human form, equivalent to the very popular Apis, was introduced to reconcile the two belief systems. An impressive temple was built (apparently vaulted in lodestone) that housed a colossal wood and iron statue of Serapis “which was neither supported on a base, nor attached to the wall by any brackets, but remained suspended.”

Later Christians considered this engineering feat diabolical trickery and the temple was ordered destroyed in the 4th century CE. This miraculously suspended statue of Sirapis may not have actually existed, which would account for its absence in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World…