Brown University's Great Temple Excavation, at Petra, Jordan. Gigapan taken by Ian Straughn.
This image was taken of the semicircular theatron
at the Great Temple of Petra. The camera was
located directly above the point that was used as
the center mark for the radiating lines of the
theater. The goal of this was to produce a
flattened image that could be matched to the
section drawing that will be prepared of this
structure. This theater, whose function is still
being debated, was a later and quite anamolous
addition to the temple's upper temenos in the
period afte rthe Roman anexation fo the Nabataean
kingdom in 106 CE.This image is intended as an
experiment in the geometry of the theater and its
representation. The distortion of is flattening is
far more palpable here than in a section plan. The
decision not to use the zoom lense was taken at
the behest of our expert studying the theater so
as to produce and image that small enough for use
in image processing software. Note that many of
the upper seating courses have been restored.
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