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Epinaos

EPINAOS , in architecture, the open vestibule behind the nave. The term is not found in any classic author, but is a modern coinage, originating in Germany, to differentiate the feature from "opisthodomus," which in the Parthenon was an enclosed chamber.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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