In the city of Miletus underlies music as a guideline of its urban layout

Carmen de Tomás Medina About the author


From classical Greece to the present day, many were the thinkers who supported the Pythagorean theories and that reflected on the close relationship between architecture and music, concluding that it is founded in mathematics.

Renowned researchers of recent times have identified the materialization of this relationship in large part of the architectural references built throughout history, explaining the composition of their facades and the distribution of their volumes, from mathematical rules that were also used to compose music. However, bearing in mind that architecture includes not only the art of building buildings, but also the art of designing and building a city, it is surprising that to this day, the materialization of this relationship has never been considered, in the composition and layout of a city.

Thus, this is the starting point of this research, which aims to show that the relationship between architecture and music has also materialized, since its origins, in the layout of cities. And for that it stops at the study of Miletus city, evidencing that its layout was designed based on rules of musical composition.

Miletus; Urban layout; Music; Math; Pythagoras; Classical Greece

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