Definition of amphiprostyle in English:



  • (of a classical building) having a portico at each end but not at the sides.

    • ‘The temple was rebuilt with the same dimensions of the cella, but it probably became an amphiprostyle temple, without outer rows of columns.’
    • ‘Its central part is designed along the lines of an amphiprostyle temple.’
    • ‘The Archaic temple had the same Doric tetrastyle amphiprostyle plan as the subsequent one.’
    • ‘It is an amphiprostyle temple with four columns in antis in the front and rear.’
    • ‘Its monumental entrance, in the form of an amphiprostyle Corinthian portico, was in the southeast corner.’


Early 18th century: via Latin from Greek amphiprostulos, from amphi- both, on both sides + prostulos having pillars in front (see prostyle).