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- n. In classical Greek architecture, the platform of (usually three) levels upon which the superstructure of the building is erected, typically forming a series of steps.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The entire foundation of an ancient temple, including the stereobate and the stylobate.
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.