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(aedicule, edicule), in classical architecture, a niche framed by columns or pilasters resting on a pedestal and with a pediment above. It contained statues of the gods and was featured in temples, public buildings, and residences. The term is also used in reference to small Greek and ancient Roman shrines.

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aedicula, 1
1. A canopied niche flanked by colonnettes intended as a shelter for a statue or as a shrine.
2. A door or window framed by columns or pilasters and crowned with a pediment.
3. Diminutive of aedes.
4. A small chapel.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The shape of the frame recalls that of a small shrine, which is why they are often referred to by scholars as an aedicula, but this design also may evoke the stage sets used in ancient theaters.
9f) (Saenz y Martin-Bueno, 2010: 823-826) concebido para que la atencion no se centre en las paredes--decoradas con simples paneles rojos separados por bandas verdes--sino en la aedicula que se orna con un grupo de figuras mitologicas y personajes finamente realizados en estuco.
In Roman architecture, the niche, or aedicula [small house], held a ceremonial figure; with a gable it signified a house for the gods, or later, honour associated with the person represented by the statue.
aedicula eius tot aperitur, ut conspici possit undique effigies deae, favente ipsa, ut creditur, facta, nec minor ex quacumque parte admiratio est.
Within the context of the Julian Basilica, however, statues and perhaps an aedicula are likely.
Numa claimed to have consulted the water nymph Egeria there and to have received guidance from her on his religious constitutio.(30) He dedicated a grove and spring to the Camenae, the indigenous water nymphs with whom the alien (Arician) Egeria came to be associated.(31) He also set up a bronze aedicula Camenarum.(32) In the third satire, the ancient sacral and oracular character of the vallis is evoked in nemus, sacri fontis, and delubra (13); and Camenis (16) evokes the evolution of the oracular water nymphs of the vallis into the inspirational Italian Muses, patron deities of Latin poetry (cf.
Toys became as much a symbol of the architect as the ponderous Latinate aedicula ("little house') set inside his homes.
Se ha documentado asi una via sepulchralis que vertebra parte de la necropolis, donde se han encontrado formulas sepulcrales posiblemente vinculadas al Norte de Africa como las cupae, monumentos turriformes como el Hornillo de Santa Catalina o bien otros sobre podium de tipo aedicula, etc.
After his triumph Nobilior also built and dedicated the Temple of Hercules of the Muses using spoils from the Aetolian campaign.(106) He brought statues of the Muses from Ambracia to be installed alongside the aedicula to the Camenae attributed to Numa, which had been temporarily kept in the Temple of Honos and Virtus.
Asimismo, este edificio tendria unas medidas que, a pesar de no haberse documentado su planta de manera completa, se asemejan bastante a multitud de pequenos edificios religiosos del tipo sacellum o aedicula, como podrian ser los casos hispanos del sacellum del Circulo Catolico de Huesca--de 7,8 x 5, 20 m (Asensio, 2003)--, del sacellum de la cavea del Teatro de Bilbilis, --con 11, 5 x 7, 5 m (Martin-Bueno y Saenz, 2004)--, pero sobre todo del de Iuppiter Stator en el Cabezo Gallufo, bahia de Cartagena--de 10, 45 x 5,79 m--, dedicado por un liberto perteneciente a una de las principales familias productoras de plomo de esta region, los Aquinii (Amante et al., 1995; Antolinos y Noguera, 2013), y con el que tambien coincide en orientacion--NE-SO-.