amphitheater

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amphitheater

(am″fĭ-thē′ă-tĕr) [ amphi- + theater]
An auditorium with tiers of seats around it for students and other observers.
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Ovid configures an amphitheatrical order in which the reader looks down on his characters from a safe distance.
Then, again, in mountainous countries where the traveller is continually girdled by amphitheatrical heights; here and there from some lucky point of view you will catch passing glimpses of the profiles of whales defined along the undulating ridges.
Peter Donaldson's gorgeously constellated discussion of the amphitheatrical vertigo at work in Julie Taymor's Titus, and John Gillies's Stanislaviskian account of why "the future of Othello ...
There it is, placed in terraces upon seven hills, in a wonderful, harmonius sequence stretching from the dark groves of cypresses and the blueish waters of the foreground of the panorama, clear and visible even in the smallest details, to the mountains and their veils of fog in the background of the painting, each detail on its own and yet harmoniously integrated into the whole, from the wavering tops of the trees, from the lush green of the gardens to the amphitheatrical rows of houses and the skyscraping minarets, a city as built by ghosts, a location as chosen by a messenger from Paradise.