The work Paestum – here in Italian translation – was originally conceived as the 21st chapter of the book Orphikon. It was published in 1958 in Heidelberg and represents the last text published during the author’s lifetime. Kayser sees the Doric temple as the incarnation of the esoteric Pythagorean doctrine, representing the transformation into stone of the sounds which appeared in the hymns sung to the Maker. The νóμοι – i.e. the principles, the modules, the rules which determine the temple dimensions – should not be understood as melodies in the modern sense of the word, but as short sequences of notes. Architecture is taut music or – as Goethe says – silent music. By means of a musical instrument, it is possible to perceive the sequences of the three temples – the Basilica, Cerere’s Temple and Poseidon’s Temple. With the right training the eye could then hear their melody. The introduction to this work provides the reader with the basics of harmonics, which are indispensable for understanding the mechanism underlying the present harmonic analysis.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Introduction to: Hans Kayser, Paestum, the Nomoi of the three Greek temples of Paestum|
|Title of host publication||Hans Kayser, Paestum, i Nomoi dei tre templi greci di Paestum|
|Editors||MARIA FRANCA FROLA|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
- Hans Kayser