The Tower of the Winds from The antiqvities of Athens.
Stuart, James, Revett, Nicholas, Reveley, Willey, Woods, Joseph, Cockerell, C. R., Kinnard, W., Donaldson, Thomas Leverton, Jenkins, William, Railton, W. The antiqvities of Athens v. 1 London: Printed by J. Haberkorn, 1762-1830.
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Original Caption: The Tower of the Winds, the octagonal tower of Andronicus Cyrrhestes. The elevation of the Tower of the Winds.
Though it almost appears to be a photograph, this image is actually an elevation, or an architectural drawing of what a completed building ought to look like. Along with blueprints, a hopeful architect would create an elevation as part of a sales pitch to be granted approval and funds to construct a building. This image is an elevation of the Tower of the Winds, also known as the Horologion or “Timepiece,” in Athens, Greece. Drawn in either the late 18th or 19th centuries, the elevation shows what the tower would have looked like when it was first built in the 1st or 2nd century BCE. The Tower of the Winds was a public structure that provided three useful functions to the people of Athens: it had a water clock inside, a sundial on the front, and a weather vane on top. To be of most use to the public, the tower was built at the edge of the Agora, the central market place in Athens.
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