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Exedra

A semicircular stone or marble seat; a rectangular or semicircular recess; the portico of the Grecian palæstra, or gymnasium, in which disputations of the learned were held among the ancients; also, in private houses, the parastas, or vestibule, used for conversation. The term is sometimes applied to a porch or chapel which projects from a larger building. Also used, as synonymous with cathedra, for a throne or seat of any kind; for a small private chamber; the space between an oriel window and the small chapels between the buttresses of a large church or cathedral.

Sources

ANDERSON AND SPIERS, Architecture of Greece and Rome (London), 21, 108, 262, 278; PARKER, Glossary of Architecture, (Oxford and London, 1845), I, 159; B. AND B. F. FLETCHER, A History of Architecture (London nnd New York, 1905), 691.

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APA citation. Poole, T. (1909). Exedra. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05692a.htm

MLA citation. Poole, Thomas. "Exedra." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05692a.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Douglas J. Potter. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. May 1, 1909. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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