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n. pl. mo·nop·te·roi (-tə-roi′)
A classical structure consisting of a circle of pillars supporting a domed roof, often serving as a temple.

[Latin monopteros, consisting of a monopteros, having a single row of columns and no cella : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek pteron, wing, winglike thing (perhaps on the model of Greek peripteros, flying or going all around, having a single row of columns all around); see pet- in Indo-European roots.]


(mɒnˈɒptəˌrɒs) or


n, pl -teroi (-təˌrɔɪ) or -tera (-tərə)
(Architecture) a circular classical building, esp a temple, that has a single ring of columns surrounding it
[C18: Late Latin from Greek, from mono- + pteron a wing]
monˈopteral adj
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2]) and has plenty of interesting features within its boundaries, including a Japanese teahouse and a Greek-style Monopteros temple created by Leo von Klenze.
In terms of approach, the papers range from traditional architectural studies based on close observation of architectural ornament (Wesenberg on the Ionic order, yon Hesberg on a monopteros dedicated to Hercules in Rome), to new interpretations arising from recent excavations, and, in a few cases, to broader theoretical concerns (Callebat on the nature of Vitruvius, De Maria on fora as places of celebration).
These could take the shape of a propylon, monopteros and tholos, hestiatorion, alongside the traditional naiskos type of building as it is known to us from the Siphnian or Athenian treasuries.