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Stoa of the Athenians

Stoa of the Athenians at Delphi by Joy of Museums

Stoa of the Athenians

The Stoa of the Athenians is an ancient portico in the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. It was constructed during the early Classical period as a one-sided stoa with an Ionic colonnade. The Stoa was built against the polygonal wall supporting the terrace of the Temple of Apollo. The portico was constructed after the naval victories against the Persians and was used for storing the war spoils, mainly from maritime victories.

The three stepped platform upon which the columns are placed measures 26.5 meters long and 3.10 meters wide and the seven fluted columns of the Ionic order are 3.31 meters high. A stoa in ancient Greek architecture is a covered porch and in this instance, the stoa would have had a wooden roof to protect the contents within the Stoa.

On the polygonal wall at the back of the stoa, have been carved hundreds of manumission which date between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D. These inscriptions, representing the act of liberating a slave in antiquity.

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Reflections

  • For the Athenians, it was necessary as part of their superpower status to promote their victories. How do superpowers to that in modern times?

Stoa of the Athenians

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“Love of money and nothing else will ruin Sparta.”
– Oracle of Delphi

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Photo Credit: JOM

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