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[ih-rek-thee-uh m, er-ik-thee-uh m]
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The term might well be applied to the Caryatide figures of the Erechtheum.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2


  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for erechtheum


Erechtheion (ɪˈrɛkθɪən, ˌɛrəkˈθiːən)

  1. a temple on the Acropolis at Athens, which has a porch of caryatids
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