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Cyclopean

(sīkləpē`ən), name often applied to a primitive method of prehistoric masonry construction, found throughout Greece, Italy, and the Middle East. The term is derived from Cyclopes, the mythological beings who were supposed to have built walls in this manner. The Cyclopean technique involves the use of huge, irregular boulders, carefully fitted together without the use of mortar, thereby creating a massive wall with an uneven face. These walls were characteristic of Mycenaean civilizationMycenaean civilization
, an ancient Aegean civilization known from the excavations at Mycenae and other sites. They were first undertaken by Heinrich Schliemann and others after 1876, and they helped to revise the early history of Greece. Divided into Early Helladic (c.
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. Remaining examples are found at Knossos, Mycenae, Tiryns, and Athens. There are many Cyclopean walls in Etruscan and Anatolian architecture. Somewhat similar examples are seen in China, Japan, and Peru.

cyclopean

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Mass concrete with aggregate larger than 6 inches (15 centimeters); used for thick structures such as dams.
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Cyclopean

Cyclopean, 1 wall
1. Describing prehistoric masonry, made of huge stone blocks laid without mortar.
2. Megalithic.
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(a) Two horizontal sine-wave gratings with equal and opposite phase-shifts of 22.5[degrees] (relative to the center of the screen) were dichoptically presented to observers through polarized glasses; the perceived phase of the cyclopean percept was measured as a function of the interocular contrast ratio; we derived a balance point when the perceive phase was 0[degrees], which represents the interocular contrast ratio at which the contributions of each eye are equal.
This transformation to cyclopean vision is central to figuring that out."
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In that waystation, the corporate surveillance of the watching man and the red eye merge in the photo-portraits that ring the room, all of various stately, besuited men gazing down; though it was not clear from the first shot of the first portrait behind and above Hulot, it is now apparent that each man's lapel, at Hulot's eye level, sports a red object the same size as the console's cyclopean light.
Momentarily taken aback by the scale of this vision of lavish materiality--or what he calls "ce monument magistral"--he finds himself comparing it to other "grands travaux," such as the vast "cyclopean" stone aqueduct near Marseille and the "chantier immense" of the new port at Cherbourg (Nana 453).
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Her look is convex as in projection, cyclopean, in the image of western outlook with which she is caught up when she denounces the tussle of paternalistic orientation behind the contented mask of the international revolutionary of the bourgeois world.
Under this viewing condition, the origin o is located at the position of cyclopean eye.
whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide him from his Minotaur....
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