- the foundation or base upon which a building or the like is erected.
- the solid platform forming the floor and substructure of a classical temple; crepidoma; podium.
Origin of stereobate
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Examples from the Web for stereobate
The entire foundation of the temple, including the stereobate, the stylobate, and the remaining steps.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
At another point in the circumference of this temple there is a stereobate of a more complicated description.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)
- another name for stylobate
- a foundation of a building in the form of a platform of masonry
C19: via Latin, from Greek stereobatēs from stereos solid + -batēs base, from bainein to walk
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