Stylobate

DEFINITION

In architecture, the platform or foundation for a row of columns. On the Parthenon, the top step of the three-step platform is known as the stylobate. In each of the classical orders, the lower members of the platform can include the stereobate and the leveling course or euthynteria. The stylobate rests the base of the column, which support the entablature.Examples: Stylobates as they figure into a diagram of the Doric order and a diagram of the Ionic order.Also see colonnade, Corinthian, Doric, Golden Mean, Greek art, Ionic, and Roman art.

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