Lifting in early Greek Architecture

  title={Lifting in early Greek Architecture},
  author={John James Coulton},
  journal={The Journal of Hellenic Studies},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • J. Coulton
  • Published 1 November 1974
  • History
  • The Journal of Hellenic Studies
In the standard handbooks on the techniques of Greek architecture, the problem of lifting heavy architectural members is considered mainly in terms of the various cranes and hoists based on compound pulley systems which are described by Vitruvius and Hero of Alexandria. It is assumed that the same basic method was employed also in the Archaic period, and that the use of an earth ramp by Chersiphron to raise the architraves of the temple of Artemis at Ephesos in the mid-sixth century was… 


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