Hexastyle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hexastyle (Arch) Having six columns in front; -- said of a portico or temple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hexastyle In architecture, having six columns: said of a portico or a temple having that number of columns in the front. The epithet implies nothing as to the presence or absence of other columns on the sides of the edifice, or at its opposite end, or within the portico. These characteristics must be expressed, in the description of a building, by the adjunction of other epithets or terms. Thus, the Roman temple called the Maison Carrėe, at Nimes, is a prostyle hexastyle pseudo-peripteros; the Theseum at Athens is an amphiprostyle hexastyle peripteral temple, with pronaos and opisthodomos or epinaos, each with two columns in antis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hexastyle heks′a-stīl having six columns, of a portico or temple having six columns in front.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. with six columns; "e`x six + column: cf. F. hexastyle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hexastyloshex, six, stylos, a pillar.

Usage

In literature:

This once elegant edifice was of the Doric order, a hexastyle, the columns twenty-seven feet in height.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
The temple seems to have been hexastyle peripteral, but all trace of the cella has disappeared.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The form of the building is that known as amphiprostyle peripteral hexastyle.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
The architecture is said closely to approach that of the hexastyle hypaethral Temple of Paestum.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 113, December 27, 1851" by Various
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