Pronunciation: (pan'thē-on", -un or, esp. Brit., pan-thē'un), [key]
1. a domed circular temple at Rome, erected a.d.120–124 by Hadrian, used as a church since a.d.609.
2. (l.c.) a public building containing tombs or memorials of the illustrious dead of a nation.
3. (l.c.) the place of the heroes or idols of any group, individual, movement, party, etc., or the heroes or idols themselves: to earn a place in the pantheon of American literature.
4. (l.c.) a temple dedicated to all the gods.
5. (l.c.) the gods of a particular mythology considered collectively.
Pronunciation: (pän-tā-ôn'), [key]
a national monument in Paris, France, used as a sepulcher for eminent French persons, begun in 1764 by Soufflot as the church of Ste. Geneviève and secularized in 1885. Also called Panthéon' Fran•çais' Pronunciation: (frän-se'). [key]
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