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A. Terminology and definition

The term basilica goes back to the Greek word βασιλική (basilikḗ), which means ‘majestic, royal, princely, magnificent, grand’ (Lat. regalis). When referring to a building, the adjective must be supplemented by a noun such as στοά (stoá), since basilica in Greek texts was often translated as στοά. In Christian times, the meaning of basilica is identical to church.

Architecturally, a basilica consists of a long ha…

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Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg), “Basilica”, 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 02 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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