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Temple of Aphrodite Euploia

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: McKenna Hubbard, Hannah Wilmeth
Contributors: Bianka Torres, Terry Orr, Adam Rabinowitz, Jeffrey Becker
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Oct 31, 2020 11:20 AM History
The temple of Aphrodite Euploia is a tholos constructed in the fourth century BC in Knidos, a coastal city on the Datça Peninsula. It was built to house Praxiteles' famous nude statue of Aphrodite.

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In the mid-4th century, the city of Knidos erected a temple to the goddess Aphrodite, the city's patron. The temple was a round, open, monopteros with 18 columns in the Doric order, located in a sanctuary at the western edge of the city. It was made of limestone, sandstone and marble, and underwent repairs at some point during its use. There is some evidence that the Corinthian order was also present, either as the result of later modifications or in internal columns. There was an altar in front of the east side of the temple, and since a series of steps leading up to the temple base are located on this side, it is thought to be the main entrance. The temple housed the famous nude marble statue of Aphrodite created by the sculptor Praxiteles. Its plan allowed the statue to be viewed from all sides. The temple was used to house the statue until it was taken to Constantinople, where it was destroyed in a fire. The temple was rediscovered in 1969 by American archaeologist Iris Cornelia Love.

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McKenna Hubbard, Hannah Wilmeth, Bianka Torres, Terry Orr, Adam Rabinowitz, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Temple of Aphrodite Euploia: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 10 June 2023]

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