Ancient Greece - Buildings

BLOG THEME: Temples and other buildings of ancient Greece. Some of the photos are taken by me but there are also reblogs or links to pics/sites I like. Also, this blog covers only the era then Greek city states were still independent or part of the Hellenistic world.

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Ancient Rome - Architecture
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Roman And Greek Art
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Κνωσσος Ανακτορο #knossos #crete #palace

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A wealth of new discoveries is gradually being uncovered as the excavation of the Ancient Amphipolis tomb continues. The Ministry of Culture and Sports issued an announcement accompanied by new photos on Sunday.

One of the latest discoveries revealed by the archaeologists’ trowels is a floor…

Tomb dates back to 4th century BCE and was unearthed this year. Other news stories related to discovery of tomb can be read by clicking word “Amphipolis” within the article.


The Temple of Hera and Juno Lacinia, Agrigento, Sicily


The Temple of Hera and Juno Lacinia, Agrigento, Sicily

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Ἕκτη Μεσοῦντος/ Ἕκτη ἐπὶ δέκα/Ἑκκαιδεκάτη, XVI day
From today’s sunset: sixteenth day of Hekatombaion.

Festival of Synoikia
“After the death of Aegeus, Theseus conceived a wonderful design, and settled all the residents of Attica in one city, thus making one people of one city out of those who up to that time had been scattered about and were not easily called together for the common interests of all, nay, they sometimes actually quarrelled and fought with each other…Accordingly, after doing away with the townhalls and council-chambers and magistracies in the several communities, and after building a common town-hall and council-chamber for all on the ground where the upper town of the present day stands, he named the city Athens, and instituted a Panathenaic festival. He instituted also the Metoikia (Synoikia), or Festival of Settlement, on the sixteenth day of the month Hekatombaion, and this is still celebrated.” (Plutarch. Theseus 24.1-4)

“Under Cecrops and the first Kings, down to the reign of Theseus, Attica had always consisted of a number of independent townships, each with its own town hall and magistrates. Except in times of danger the king at Athens was not consulted; in ordinary seasons they carried on their government and settled their affairs without his interference; sometimes even they waged war against him, as in the case of the Eleusinians with Eumolpus against Erechtheus. In Theseus, however, they had a king of equal intelligence and power; and one of the chief features in his organization of the country was to abolish the council-chambers and magistrates of the petty cities, and to merge them in the single council-chamber and town hall of the present capital. Individuals might still enjoy their private property just as before, but they were henceforth compelled to have only one political centre, viz., Athens; which thus counted all the inhabitants of Attica among her citizens, so that when Theseus died he left a great state behind him. Indeed, from him dates the Synoikia, or Feast of Union; which is paid for by the state, and which the Athenians still keep in honour of the Goddess Athena.” (Thuc. II, 15)

Sacrifices to Athena and Eirene (Isocr. XV 109; IG II2 1496; schol Ar. Peace 962; IG I3 244 C)


1. The Minoan Road to Knossos. source

2. Construction of Cretan stone road. source

Remains of megalithic Walls of Daorson (4th century BCE)

A bit OT, since this was an Illyrian city. But then again they used Greek language and letters and treded with Greek cities.

source: Prof saxx from hr [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons


Temple of Apollo, Acropolis of Rhodes

The Temple of Apollo is located on the acropolis hill of ancient Rhodes. It is of Doric style and dates from the Hellenistic period. (3rd–2nd century BC). The site consists of the Temple of Apollo (aka Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus), a stadium and a small theater.

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Necromanteion of Ephyra - Nekyomanteion at Acheron (The Oracle of the Dead -Hades)

The word Nekromanteion means oracle of the death, and the people came here to talk with their late ancestors. The Nekromanteion of Ephyra is the only oracle of the death in Greece, although there were many oracles in ancient Greece. It was an entryway to the underworld, and a place where the shades of the dead could - under special circumstances - reveal the future to the living. It was the place that Homer sent Odysseus to seek advice from a long-dead oracle, and where he was horrified by visions of Hades, and it also appears in a sordid chapter of Herodotus’ Histories.

The site rests atop a hill near the confluence of the Acheron (“River of woe” in Greek), Pyriphlegethon (“Flaming with fire”) and Cocytus (“River of wailing”), three of the five rivers associated with Hades, was identified in 1958 by the Greek archaeologist Sotirios Dakaris. Dating to the 3rd or 4th century BC, the ruins are 72 feet square, with 11 foot thick walls, and subterranean chambers.

The ancient Greeks believed that the souls of the dead entered the underworld though subterranean fissures, and that in special cases like this, arrangements could be made to communicate with the dead. This was used as an opportunity to commune with lost loved ones, and also to seek out the future telling skills of the dead.

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House of the Doric Capital

* Morgantina, Sicily

* Hellenistic era


Metaponto, Basilicata, Italy

Metaponto was one of the Greek colonies in Southern Italy (8th-3rd C bC). All the cities were won and absorbed by ancient Romans.

Google Maps

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