[ih-rek-thee-uh m, er-ik-thee-uh m]
- a temple at Athens on the Acropolis, begun c420 b.c., having two Ionic porches and a porch of caryatids: regarded as one of the finest examples of classical architecture.
Also E·rech·thei·on [ih-rek-thahy-uh n, -on, er-ik-thahy-uh n] /ɪˈrɛk θaɪ ən, -ˌɒn, ˌɛr ɪkˈθaɪ ən/.
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The term might well be applied to the Caryatide figures of the Erechtheum.
These are the earliest examples known of caryatide figures, and they precede those of the Erechtheum by about a century.
Its Greek origin is undoubted, and it is supposed to be the missing figure from the Erechtheum at Athens.Walks in Rome
Augustus J.C. Hare
Tradition has it that Erechtheus who was closely associated with Athena was buried in the Erechtheum.
The traveler has been made to enter the Erechtheum through three different doors.
Erechtheion (ɪˈrɛkθɪən, ˌɛrəkˈθiːən)
- a temple on the Acropolis at Athens, which has a porch of caryatids
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