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1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Telamones

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TELAMONES (Gr. τελάμων, supporter, from τλήναι, to bear), in architecture the term used by the Romans as equivalent to Atlantes (the Greek term) for male figures employed to carry architraves and cornices. The best-known examples are those in the tepidarium of the baths of Pompeii, which consist of small figures in terra-cotta, 2 ft. high, placed between niches and carrying a cornice.