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fafar9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM via web

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What emperor designed the pantheon? What was significant about the shape of its roof? What is the function of its oculus? How is it used today?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Although the Pantheon was built during the reign of Augustus Caesar, he is not believed to have designed it.  Instead, credit for building it is given to Agrippa, who was consul under Augustus.

The inside of the Pantheon is a perfect sphere and the height of the roof is exactly the same as its diameter.

The oculus was the only way of admitting any natural light to the interior of the building.  It was also a way of allowing smoke from sacrificial fires to escape.

The Pantheon is now used as a Christian church.

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