One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘An elongated panel with the Deësis (Christ between the Virgin and S. John the Baptist) and the feasts of the Church often ran along the top of the epistyle.’
- ‘Inscribed with the names of the abbots Daniel and Pachomios (the latter name was partially obscured by the supporting clamp), the epistyle is carved with vegetal and pseudo-kufic ornament common to such architectural dividers.’
Mid 16th century (in the Latin form epistylium): from French épistyle or via Latin, from Greek epistulion, from epi ‘upon’ + stulos ‘pillar’.
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