Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Featured Site: Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Here is the stylobate – the continuous base supporting a row of columns – of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, near Athens.

Visible ruins of the temple date from the 4th Century B.C. and were erected on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th Century B.C., which itself was erected on the site of a 7th Century B.C. construction attributed to the architects Trophonios and Agamedes.

The 6th Century B.C. temple was named the "Temple of Alcmeonidae" in tribute to the Athenian family funding its construction. An earthquake destroyed it in 373 B.C., and the third temple was completed on the site by 330 B.C. The third temple is attributed to Corinthian architects Spintharos, Xenodoros, and Agathon.

(Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado, 2006)

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