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On Some Post-Classical Greek Architectural Terms

Glanville Downey
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association
Vol. 77 (1946), pp. 22-34
DOI: 10.2307/283440
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/283440
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Ἄντυξ, ὰψἰς, βασική, γωνἱα, ὴμισϕαιρἱ&#x 039F;ν, κτἰζω, στΟἀ, σϕαῖρα, σϕαιρἰΟν are discussed. Some of these terms are employed in apparently loose and ambiguous fashion by writers of the time of Justinian and later. Some writers, for example, call a dome a sphairion, while others call a dome a hemisphairion and a half-dome a "fourth part of a sphairion." Apparently graphic imagery rather than technical exactness determined the choice and employment of architectural terms and descriptive expressions. A connection is suggested between such use of architectural terms and the Greek habits of observation and the Greek attitude toward scientific and technical matters.

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