- (in classical architecture)
- a circular building.
- a small, round structure, as a lantern.
- a circular subterranean tomb, lined with masonry.
- a subterranean domed tomb chamber of the Mycenaean age.
Origin of tholos
First recorded in 1895–1900, tholos is from the Greek word thólos literally, rotunda
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Examples from the Web for tholos
The Tholos of Atreus was itself subterranean; the exterior of the conical mass of masonry was covered with a hill of earth.
It is the same shaft, diminishing from summit to base, which has been noticed upon the portal front of the Tholos of Atreus.
An entrance-passage, the dromos, led from the valley to the tholos in a gently inclined ascent.
When Pausanias speaks of the tholos at Epidaurus a second time, he does not call it by that name, but .Problems in Periclean Buildings
G. W. Elderkin
Below this stratum was an older shaft grave, as is usual in tholos interments; it had been plundered?Homer and His Age
- a dry-stone beehive-shaped tomb associated with the Mycenaean culture of Greece in the 16th to the 12th century bc
C17: from Greek
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