Name that Classical Connection (6)
Sometimes I feel like the Sphinx giving riddles. Fortunately, if you don’t get it the price of failure is not so high.
Are you ready? Here it is.
I saw this building while I was walking around in another city, and for some reason I felt it was familiar. The entire time I was in town, walked or drove by it, I couldn’t help but think that there was somekind of classical connection. It was as I had read about it, or saw it in a book somewhere. It wasn’t until months later I figured it out.
Can you name the classical connection? The answer for this one sort of crept up on me.
Winners will be posted.
Update…Update…Update…THE WINNERS ARE:
Marcus Prometheus on the Ancient Rome Refocused Facebook page at 7:33, October 10th.
Jordan Harbour on the Ancient Rome Refocused Blog site at 7:44 p.m.
O.K. The location of the building is…wait for it…Alexandria…Virginia. This should not be a surprize to anyone considering the name of the town and its purpose as a masonic lodge. The Mason’s are big on the symbols of building things and their meanings.
The following is a quick reference form Wikepedia:
George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic building and memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first President of the United States and a Mason. The tower is fashioned after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. The 333-foot (101 m) tall memorial sits atop Shooter’s Hill (also known as Shuter’s Hill) at 101 Callahan Drive. Construction began in 1922, the building was dedicated in 1932, and the interior finally completed in 1970.
What about the real tower?
Another website shares with us the following:
The first lighthouse of the World, the “Pharos of Alexandria”, lasted for over 1500 years in the harbor of Alexandria. It is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World (different variants exist) some of them described by the poet Antipater of Sidon around 130 BC . The lighthouse of Alexandra was included later replacing the walls of Babylon described in the list of Antipater.
The Pharos was built to warn sailors of the treacherous sandbars off Alexandria, one of the busiest ports of the ancient world. It consisted of a three-stage tower, decorated with sculptures of Greek deities and mythical creatures, atop which stood a lantern with a giant bonfire whose light may have been focused by mirrors, perhaps made of polished bronze, into a beam visible 35 miles out to sea. 300 Slaves worked on the Pharos that was build in 17 years.
My favorite part of the story is that Sostradus, the architect, had his name secreted under the name of Ptolemy over the door so that years later it would break apart and reveal his name. I find the man to be a genius. Give the king your due, but as all people that think in the long term he understood that time would wear away plaster, and the influence of kings.