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Antae

παραστάδες). Square pillars (quadrae columnae). They were commonly joined to the side walls of a building, being placed on each side of the door, so as to assist in forming the portico. These terms are seldom found except in the plural, because the purpose served by antae required that, in general, two should be erected corresponding to each other, and supporting the extremities of the same roof. Their position, form, and use will be best understood from the following woodcut, representing a restoration of the front of the

A A, the antae; B B, the cella or ναός: O, the altar

temple of Artemis Propylaea at Eleusis, with a plan of the pronaos, in which A A are the antae.

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