Definition of temenos in English:
noun (plural temenoi ˈtɛmənɔɪ)Archaeology
A piece of ground surrounding or adjacent to a temple; a sacred enclosure or precinct.
- According to him, the maidens were able to enter the temenos (sacred precinct) unharmed over a number of years, despite the vigilance of the inhabitants of Ilion.
- Extensive quarrying in Byzantine times has removed all evidence of earlier levels here, but topographically a main entrance into the temenos on Temple Hill in antiquity on this side makes the most sense.
- This was a typical Romano-Celtic temple set inside a larger temenos, built before AD 100 and probably remaining in use up to the C5.
Early 19th century: from Greek, from the stem of temnein 'cut off'.
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