Po"di*um (?), n.; pl. Podia (#). [L., fr. Gr. , dim. of , , foot. See Pew.]
A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.
It is especially employed by archaeologists in two senses: (a)
The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began
The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers
. See Illust
. of Column
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