American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Architecture A figure of a man used as a supporting pillar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the figure of a man performing the function of a column or pilaster to support an entablature, in the same manner as a caryatid. They were called atlantes by the Greeks. See atlantes.
- n. a figure of a man used as a supporting column
- Latin, from Greek telamōn, bearer; see telə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ages, or among the Iroquois and Algonquins, make men dispense with corslets, even when the shield was worn, as in Homer, slung round the neck by a _telamon_ (_guige_ in Old French), belt, or baldric.”
“In _Iliad_, II. 388, the shield (_aspis_) is spoken of as "covering a man about" ([Greek: _amphibrotae_]), while, in the heat of battle, the baldric (_telamon_), or belt of the shield, "shall be wet with sweat.”
“Down goes the heavy lance; down goes the ponderous shield, suspended by a _telamon: "Ohitarge grant cume peises al col_!" down goes the plated byrnie, "_Ohi grant broine cum me vas apesant_" [Footnote: _La Chancun de Willame_, lines”
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