The word caryatids is to women
as what word is to men?
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According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,
standing or kneeling figures of a man used as a supporting column for an
entablature are called atlantes; whereas
supporting columns sculptured in the form of draped female figures are called
The former is a plural of the name
Atlas; the latter derives from the Latin
Carytides, maidens of Caryae, from Greek
Karuai, a village in southern Greece.
[Note: It turns out that there are actually two answers:
atlantes and telamones ; the latter also denotes male figures used
as pillars to support an entablature.]
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