Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Classic Period - a great era for both art and science

Quantum, physics, Charlene Brown
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Carthage overlaid with Phoenician alphabet
Photograph and Photoshop®
©2009 Charlene Brown

This computer painting combines photographs of the Punic ruins at Carthage and a bas relief of the Phoenician alphabet on a stone plaque at the Bardo museum in Tunis. 
The alphabet has been described as civilization’s first abstract art. The Greeks added vowels to it and created a visual communications breakthrough in the same remarkable ‘Classic Period’ that they solidified the spatial concepts of Euclidean geometry.  And they named the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ – works of art as much as science – and almost all of them Greek, while they were at it!