Paestum: View of ruined pediment, Temple of Athena

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On the highest point of the town (some way from the other temples), in the Sanctuary of Athena, is the temple of Athena. It was built in about 500 BCE, and was for some time incorrectly thought to have been dedicated to Ceres. The architecture is transitional, being partly in the Ionic mode and partly early Doric.

Ancient city of Paestum was established by Greek colonists from Sybaris, who called it Poseidonia; taken by Lucanians 5th century BCE and by Romans 273 BCE; was famous for its roses; was destroyed by Saracens 871 CE; now site of the village of Pesto. There are three major Greek temples, among them, on the highest point of the town (some way from the other temples), in the Sanctuary of Athena, is the temple of Athena. It was built in about 500 BCE. The Sanctuary of Hera contains two temples, popularly misnamed the “Basilica” and the “Temple of Neptune”. The second Temple of Hera probably dates from ca. 460 BCE.

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Attribute NameValues
Creator
  • G. Massiot & cie

Subject
  • Temples

  • Architecture

  • Ruins

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Archaic (Greek)

  • Greco-Roman

Place of Creation
  • Pesto

  • +40.42+15.005556

  • Pesto, Campania, Italy: north of Cilento, near the coast about 85 km SE of Naples

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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