Definitions for exedraˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-; ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri
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ex•e•draˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-; ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri(n.)(pl.)ex•e•drae
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a recess in the wall of a courtyard or other open area, as in a palaestra, used for lectures or meetings.
a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.
Category: Furniture, Architecture
Origin of exedra:
1700–10; < L < Gk exédra=ex-ex -3+(h)édra seat, bench
A semicircular recess, with stone benches, used as a place for discussion.
A curved bench with a high back.
Origin: From ἐξ + ἕδρα.
a room in a public building, furnished with seats
the projection of any part of a building in a rounded form
any out-of-door seat in stone, large enough for several persons; esp., one of curved form
In architecture, an exedra is a semicircular recess or plinth, often crowned by a semi-dome, which is sometimes set into a building's facade. The original Greek sense was applied to a room that opened onto a stoa, ringed with curved high-backed stone benches, a suitable place for a philosophical conversation. An exedra may also be expressed by a curved break in a colonnade, perhaps with a semicircular seat. The exedra would typically have an apsidal podium that supported the stone running bench. The free-standing exedra, often originally supporting bronze portrait statues is a familiar type of Hellenistic structure, characteristically sited along sacred ways or in open places in sanctuaries, such as at Delos or Epidaurus; sometimes Hellenistic exedrae were built in relation to a city's agora, as at Priene. Monument architects have also used this free-standing style in modern times.
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