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


"... 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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