- n. Plural form of exedra.
“The function of these exedrae still remains uncertain.”
“On the north side of the peristyle is a double portico containing the _exedrae_, or seats of the sophists, where each most cunning rhetorician delivered his opinions _ex cathedrâ_, and lay in wait for any passer whom he could insnare into an argument.”
“The cornice does not project sufficiently to be the cornice of a building, and, as it is decorated on either side, it could not have been intended for a string-course, as none of the walls are so thin as these stones, although I at first thought it might belong to one of the semi-circular _exedrae_.”
“The vault, if there was one, over the semi-circular _exedrae_ must have been hemispherical.”
“Unfortunately this brought into prominence the irregularity of the size and position of the _exedrae_, and the pilasters were affixed correctly with reference to the arcade, as was absolutely necessary, but more or less trespassing on the width of the opening of these recesses, and notched into the original pilasters.”
“On either side, north and south, are three recesses, or _exedrae_, two of which are circular and one (the centre) rectangular.”
“Picture galleries, like exedrae, should be constructed of generous dimensions.”
“In summer apartments and in exedrae where there is no smoke nor soot to hurt them, they should be made in relief.”
“But in the case of exedrae or square oeci, let the height be brought up to one and one half times the width.”
“Hence, though it keeps its colour perfectly when applied in the polished stucco finish of closed apartments, yet in open apartments, such as peristyles or exedrae or other places of the sort, where the bright rays of the sun and moon can penetrate, it is spoiled by contact with them, loses the strength of its colour, and turns black.”
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