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μέγαρον (μέγας): properly large room.—(1) the men's dining-hall, the chief room of the Homeric house. The roof was supported by columns, the light entered through the doors, the smoke escaped by an opening overhead and through loop - holes (ὀπαῖα) just under the roof. The cut, combined from different ancient representations, is designed to show the back part of the μέγαρον in the house of Odysseus, cf. plate III. for groundplan.—(2) the women's apartment, behind the one just described, see plate III. G. Pl., Od. 19.16.—(3) the housekeeper's apartment in the upper story (ὑπερώιον), Od. 2.94.—(4) a sleeping-apartment, Od. 11.374.—(5) in wider signif., in pl., house, Il. 1.396.
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