Diaulos (architecture)

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Diaulos, (from Gr. δι-, double, and αὐλός, pipe) in ancient Greek architecture, was a peristyle round the great court of the palaestra, described by Vitruvius,[1] which measured two stadia (1,200 feet (370 m).) in length, on the south side this peristyle had two rows of columns, so that in stormy weather the rain might not be driven into the inner part.[2][3][a]


  1. ^ The word was also used in ancient Greece for a foot-race of twice the usual length.[2]
  1. ^ Chisholm 1911, p. 171 cites Vitruvius V. II.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm 1911, p. 171.
  3. ^ "DIAULOS.—The peristyle round the great court of the Palaestra described by Vitruvius" (Dinsmoor & Anderson 1973, p. 390).


  • Dinsmoor, William Bell; Anderson, William James (1973). The Architecture of Ancient Greece: An Account of Its Historic Development. Biblo and Tannen Publishers. ISBN 0-8196-0283-3.