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August 08, 2011

I see what you did there

Polytechnic of Milan professor Giulio Magli offers a belated, and I would have thought blindingly obvious, conjecture as to the function of the oculus of the Pantheon. But I don't have tenure so what do I know.

Experts found that the hole allows a single shaft of sunlight to illuminate the interior during the March and September equinox as well as on April 21 – the date Rome is said to have been founded.

The emperor would have been bathed by the sun’s rays as he entered the building on these auspicious occasions.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 8, 2011 08:47 AM