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(αἴθουσα; aíthousa). In Homer (Od. 17,29; 18,102; 22,466; Il. 6,243; 20,11, the term for the entrance hall of a  house, which is adorned with columns and joined to the court gate. The portion located in front is called  prothyron (Il. 24,323; Od. 3,493). Entrance halls of this type can already be found on palaces of the 2nd millennium and in the early Greek house architecture; they then become a common element on Greek  temples.


F. Noack, Homer. Paläste, 1903, 53

H. L. Lorimer, Homer and the Monuments, 1950, 415-422

H. Drerup, A…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Aithousa”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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