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What Is a Pediment?

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Pediment over old Carnegie Library entrance, Traverse City, Michigan

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Definition:

A pediment is a low-pitched triangular gable on buildings in ancient Greece and Rome and imitated in Greek Revival style of architecture.

Examples:

"... the statues of heroic size, completely disengaged from the walls, which filled the tympana, or triangular spaces of the pediments at both ends of the temple." - William Spalding, Italy and the Italian Islands (1841), p. 161

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