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On Some Post-Classical Greek Architectural Terms
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association
Vol. 77 (1946), pp. 22-34
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/283440
Page Count: 13
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Ἄντυξ, ὰψἰς, βασική, γωνἱα, ὴμισϕαιρἱ 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.
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association © 1946 American Philological Association