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Architect
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A. Etymology, term, delimitation

The term architect, not documented before the 5th cent. BC, derives from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων (architéktōn; Hdt. 3.60; 4.87); in turn, this term is derived from τέκτων (téktōn); τεκτωσύνη (tektosýnē; carpentry), which shows that the architect of early archaic times initially dealt with  wood and only later came in contact with stone as a building material. The Latin arc(h)itectus is a loan word from this Greek semantic field. A…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Architect”, 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 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e132610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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