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HEMICYCLE (Gr. iift-, half, and avaho...

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 258 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HEMICYCLE (Gr. iift-, half, and avahos, circle), a semi-circular recess of considerable size which formed one of the most conspicuous features in the Roman Thermae, where it was always covered with a hemispherical vault. A small example exists in Pompeii, in the street of tombs, with a seat round inside, where those who came to pay their respects to the departed could rest. An immense hemicycle was designed by Bramante for the Vatican, where it constitutes a fine architectural effect at the end of the great court.
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