Last edited 28 May 2021


The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (third edition) was published in 1980. It was created for Penguin Reference and compiled by John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner.

It defines xystus as: ‘An ambulatory in Greek architecture that acts as a long portico used for athletic contests. In Roman architecture, a long, covered or open walk bordered by colonnades or trees’.

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