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In N Syria, where the main altar was in the apse, the clergy could not be placed there; they sat on a semicircular platform surrounded by a sedile usually connected to a pulpit, in the center of the nave, sometimes at a great distance from the apse and facing it. It is wrong to give this particular type of bema tribune the name of Syrian ambo J. Lassus, G. Tchalenko, even if it partly played the role of an ambo: it was essentially a synthronos taken out of the apse and turned back to front. In Spain, another region where the altar was in the apse, the clergy were grouped in a presbyterium outside the apse. According to liturgical texts and archaeology, this was an enclosure in front of the apse, but no fixed sedilia have been found. In the areas dependent on the patriarchate of Aquileia or influenced by that metropolis N Adriatic, E Alps, Salona in Dalmatia, churches were long built without apses. Near the back of such churches we find semicircular sedilia, either separate or connected to the altar enclosure. These free sedilia are known mainly from traces of foundations. Whether they were completed by a light vault, a sort of internal apse, we do not know. Sedilia or fragmentary benches are also found in apses e.g., at Iunca in Tunisia. Synthronoi can be found in chapels attached to churches, in side apses e.g., at Iunca and in apses at the ends of the narthex see above. Esp. in Greece and the Balkans, we often recognize benches along the walls of the aisles or in the rooms. But in this case they were no longer intended for the clergy.

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