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Exedrae (Architecture)

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Topical headingExedrae (Architecture)
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Variant(s)Exedra (Architecture)
Exhedrae (Architecture)
See alsoNiches (Architecture)
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Scope noteHere are entered works on semicircular or rectangular recesses or rooms, primarily found in classical architecture, that were often lined with seats and used as meeting places.
Found inWork cat.: Die freihe stehende griechische Exedra, 1994.
Britannica Micro. (exedra, also spelled exhedra, in architecture, semicircular or rectangular niche with a raised seat; more loosely applied, also refers to the apse of a church or to a niche therein)
Dict. of arch., 1975: p. 160 (Exedra, in classical architecture, a semicircular or rectangular recess with raised seats: also, more loosely, any apse or niche or a room opening full width into a larger, covered or uncovered space)
Kleine Pauly (Exedra, a seat, a bench outside the house; modern archaeology applies to semicircular benches and also to rounded niches in buildings)
OED (Exedra, exhedra. Pl. exedrae, hedrae; the portico of the palaestra or gymnasium in which disputations of the learned were held among the ancients; also, in private houses, the pastas or vestibule, used for conservation; used as synonymous with Cathedra, for a throne or seat of any kind)
AAT (Exedrae: niches, recesses, or other sheltered spaces, often semicircular and lined with seats; Exedrae (Site elements): Used for semicircular outdoor seats, usually of stone or marble)
Not found inEncyc. of world art; Ox. classic. dict.