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Temple of Areios Zeus at Rodotopi

Last Update: Jun 2010
Archaeological site RODOTOPI , IOANNINA , GREECE
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Temple of Areios Zeus at Rodotopi - Overview

  The temple is located at the foot of the Gardiki hill. On the top of the same hill is preserved a walled acropolis, which is probably identified with the ancient city of Passaron, the capital of the Molossoi. The temple was built at the end of the 4th century B.C. In 167 B.C. it was destroyed by Aemilius Paulus, but was repaired and remained in use in the Roman period. The site was abandoned, unknown exactly when, and was later used as a cemetery.
  The site was discovered in 1914 by D. Evangelides, Curator of Antiquities, who was also the first to excavate it in 1935. Later, in 1952, a second excavation campaign was conducted by S. Dakaris.
  The temple (measuring 19.30 x 11 m.) is peripteral in Ionic order, with a pronaos and cella. It is preserved up to the crepis and the euthenteria, and in the area around it many parts of the Ionic columns were found. According to the excavator, the pteron consisted of 6 x 11 columns, while the structure of the pronaos shows that it was prostyle with four columns.
  This temple was probably the official sanctuary of the Molossoi, where the god of war, Areios Zeus, was worshipped. To this conclusion point the offering of decrees of foreign cities as well as the dedication to the sanctuary of a Roman emperor's statue.

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  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 26510 01050, 26510 01051, Fax: 26510 01052, E-mail: ibepka@culture.gr
    12th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Ioannina

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Visiting Information • Free admission • Site always open
Ancient monuments • Temples / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Ancient sanctuary • Sanctuary of Zeus

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