Definitions

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  • n. An enclosed court, especially one surrounding a temple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In ancient architecture, an inclosed court, esp., one surrounding a temple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek antiquity, a consecrated court or inclosure, generally surrounded by a wall, and often containing a temple, statues, etc.
  • n. Hence The outer inclosure of an early Christian chruch, which constitued the utmost bounds allowed for refuge or sanctuary. Also peribolus.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek περίβολος (peribolos).

Examples

  • Hesychius mentions [143] the Limnae as a locality where the Lenaea were held, and says that the Lenaeum was a large peribolus within the city, in which was the sanctuary of Dionysus Lenaeus, and that the Athenians held contests in this peribolos before they built the theatre.

    The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1

  • What M. Naville actually found under the mounds of Maskhûtah was a peribolos wall, the site of a temple, a dromos, a camp, some ruins of a city, and a series of most

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • The peribolos wall, twenty-four feet in thickness, enclosed a quadrangular space of about fifty-five thousand square yards.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • It was an open temenos of an irregular, oval shape, surrounded by a peribolos wall ot red earth.

    Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity [microform]

  • _mensæ ponderariæ_, almost perfect, were found in the portico or peribolos of the Temple of Hercules, adjoining the cathedral of S. Lorenzo.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

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