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Epistylium

ἐπιστύλιον). The architrave, or lower member of an entablature, consisting of one or several beams (in the Parthenon, three), resting upon the capitals. Its function is to bind the col

Epistylium. (Doric Portico at Pompeii.)

umns of the peripteros into a whole, and to distribute the weight of the superstructure (Pericl. 13). The name is sometimes given to the whole entablature.

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