from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a prostyle or set of columns at each end but none along the sides, as in some Greek temples.

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  • adj. Having columns at either end but not along the sides.
  • n. An amphiprostyle temple or edifice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doubly prostyle; having columns at each end, but not at the sides.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, having columns both in front and behind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by columniation having free columns in porticoes either at both ends or at both sides of a structure


Latin amphiprostȳlos, from Greek amphiprostūlos : amphi-, amphi- + prostūlos, with pillars in front; see prostyle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin amphiprostylos, from Ancient Greek ἀμφιπρόστυλος (amphipróstȳlos), from ἀμφί (amphi-) + πρόστυλος (próstȳlos, "having pillars"). (Wiktionary)


  • First there is the temple in antis, or [Greek: naos en parastasin] as it is called in Greek; then the prostyle, amphiprostyle, peripteral, pseudodipteral, dipteral, and hypaethral.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • The amphiprostyle is in all other respects like the prostyle, but has besides, in the rear, the same arrangement of columns and pediment.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • In the latter, excepting in the prostyle temple, the front had hardly any distinctive characteristic, in the peripteral, amphiprostyle, and other temples the back and front were alike.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • If the portico were formed merely by a row of columns without the aid of walls it was called a prostyle temple; if the same construction were also placed at the rear of the building it was amphiprostyle.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Did a vestibule exist at the front only, the temple would be called prostyle; as it is, it is amphiprostyle.

    A History of Greek Art

  • In Greece proper there is no known instance of a peripteral Ionic temple, but the order was sometimes used for small prostyle and amphiprostyle buildings, such as the Temple of

    A History of Greek Art


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