Temple and time


    … where land’s semicircle lies, fenced by the azur vault.

Varro’s quotation from the poet Nevio

When talking of a temple people generally imagine a building for the worship of God, but the original meaning of the term is another.

From earliest times temples have been built as scale models of the universe. The first known mention of the latin word templum is by Varro (116-27 B.C.) for whom it designated  a sort of cosmic observatory.

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