APTERAL (from the Gr. ἄπτερος, wingless, ἀ-, privative and
πτερός, a wing), an architectural term applied to amphiprostyle
temples which have no columns on the sides; in the Ionic temple
on the Acropolis at Athens known as Nike Apteros, the adjective
is used, not as applying to the goddess of victory but to the
absence of any peristyle on the sides.
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