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plan of the Temple of Athena Nike at the Acropolis
Athens, Greece


 (ăm-fĭp′rō-stīl′, ăm′fĭ-prō′stīl′)
Having a prostyle or set of columns at each end but none along the sides, as in some Greek temples.

[Latin amphiprostȳlos, from Greek amphiprostūlos : amphi-, amphi- + prostūlos, with pillars in front; see prostyle.]

am·phip′ro·style′ n.
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(æmˈfɪprəˌstaɪl; ˌæmfɪˈprəʊstaɪl)
(Architecture) (esp of a classical temple) having a set of columns at both ends but not at the sides
(Architecture) a temple of this kind
amˌphiproˈstylar adj
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(æmˈfɪp rəˌstaɪl, ˌæm fəˈproʊ staɪl)

(of a classical temple) having a portico with columns on both fronts, but not on the sides.
[1700–10; < Latin amphiprostȳlus < Greek amphipróstȳlos. See amphi-, prostyle]
am•phip`ro•sty′lar, adj.
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A temple with columns and a portico at each end.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amphiprostyle - marked by columniation having free columns in porticoes either at both ends or at both sides of a structure
apteral - having columns at one or both ends but not along the sides
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In order to face the threat, the Turks undertook a number of defensive works along the western side of the Acropolis for which they used the blocks of the temple of Athena Nike as building material after dismantling this small amphiprostyle temple.