Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The entire foundation of an ancient temple, including the stereobate and the stylobate.
- Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)
“There are several points of agreement between the two: in each the columns rest on a stepped base, called the crepidoma, the uppermost step of which is the stylobate; in each the shaft of the column tapers from the lower to the upper end, is channeled or fluted vertically, and is surmounted by a projecting member called a capital; in each the entablature consists of three members -- architrave, frieze, and cornice.”
“The typical Greek temple stood alone on a broad foundation platform, built on all sides in terraces, which is called the crepidoma.”
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