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ANTEPAGMENTA

ANTEPAGMENTA the jambs of a door-case, often made with an ornamental moulding which projected before the upright pillar (scapus cardinalis) on which the door turned, so as to conceal it entirely from view on the outside. (Vitr. 4.6; Festus, s.v. Cato, Cat. Agr. 14.4.) The antepagmentum superius of Vitruvius (l.c.) is a lintel of a door-case similarly made. A door fitted with such jambs and lintel (as many houses at Pompeii are) would be entirely inside its door-case, and could only open inwards; on the other hand, it would not admit draughts (Rich). Vitruvius also uses the word to denote other mouldings, e. g. of mutuli (4.7) or stilicidia, in this sense probably the same as antefixa. [ANTEFIXA]

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