The Antiquities of Constantinople

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GLOSSARY

ABACUS : a square platter; the square, flat slab above the capital on the top of a column.

ANNULETS : little rings turned around Corinthian capitals, also known as shaft-rings.

APOPHYGE : from the Greek word αποΦνγη, signifies that part of a column where it seems to fly out of its base; a curve at the top and bottom of a column where the shaft meets the capital and base.

ARCHITRAVE : the first or lowest member of the entablature.

ASTRAGAL : derived from the Greek word αστραγαΛος and signifies the little joints in the neck. It is an architectural member joined to bases, cornices and architraves; a small molding with a circular section, often decorated with a bead and reel motif.

BASE : the foot of a column that supports it; the part on which the shaft of the column bears.

CAPITAL : the "head" or crowning part of a column or pillar.

CARAVANSARAY : an inn for the reception of strangers and travellers.

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