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epistyle

[ep-uh-stahyl] /ˈɛp əˌstaɪl/
noun
1.
the architrave of a classical building.
Origin of epistyle
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin epistȳlium the crossbeam resting on the column < Greek epistŷlion crossbeam of architrave (epi- epi- + stŷl(os) a column, pillar, post + -ion diminutive suffix)
Related forms
epistylar, adjective
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  • The epistyle is commonly spoken of by its Roman name, architrave.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The stone beams of the epistyle lay from axis to axis of the columns.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • VI, may be said to have no frieze, but epistyle and cornice only.

    How to judge architecture Russell Sturgis
  • Both faades were surmounted by epistyle, frieze and pediment.

  • The short band, corresponding to the triglyph, beneath the tnia moulding which crowns the epistyle; the listel.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The capital had a straight connection between the spirals, and the epistyle was stepped but twice.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The continuous fillet which crowns the epistyle, representative of the wall-plate of the original timbered Doric construction.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The dentils appear in the cornice, it being possible for them to take their true position upon the epistyle.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The plinth which forms the upper part of the capital—supporting the entablature by bearing the lower surface of the epistyle beam.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • A triglyph is one of those blocks cut with vertical channels, which seem to rest upon the epistyle and to support the cornice.

    How to judge architecture Russell Sturgis
British Dictionary definitions for epistyle

epistyle

/ˈɛpɪˌstaɪl/
noun
1.
another name for architrave (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: via Latin epistӯlium from Greek epistulion, from epi- + stulos column, style
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