Jan 032013

peristyles-In Hellenistic Greek and Roman architecture a peristyle is a columned porch or open colonnade in a building surrounding a court that may contain an internal garden. Tetrastoon (pronounced /tetrastohon/, from Greek τετράστῳον, “four arcades”) is another name for this feature. In the Christian ecclesiastical architecture that developed from Roman precedents, a basilica, such as Old St Peter’s in Rome, would stand behind a peristyle forecourt that sheltered it from the street. In time the cloister developed from the peristyle.

The Eternal World by Clark Ashton Smith

Dec 212012

cataleysy- is a nervous condition characterized by muscular rigidity and fixity of posture regardless of external stimuli, as well as decreased sensitivity to pain. Catalepsy is also a term used by hypnotists to refer to the state of making a hypnotised subject’s arm, leg or back rigid. “Arm catalepsy” is often a pre-hypnotic test performed prior to an induction into a full trance.

The Eternal World by Clark Ashton Smith

Dec 122012

halation- the spreading of light beyond its proper boundaries in a developed photographic image, a bright ring that sometimes surrounds a bright object on a television screen

Bullet From Nowhere by Robert Leslie Bellem

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