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Temple of Hera II (Neptune)

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Alex Biad, Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott
Contributors: Adam Rabinowitz
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jul 12, 2016 11:08 AM History
A fifth century B.C. Doric temple, the so-called Temple of Hera II is also sometimes referred to as the Temple of Neptune.

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The Temple of Hera II (formerly known as the Temple of Neptune or Poseidon) was built in Paestum between 460 and 450 BC. It is a Doric temple with its entrance oriented to the east. The Temple of Hera II is one of the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world, and its structure serves as a clear window into Classic Doric architecture. The frieze of the temple features triglyphs alternating with un-sculpted metopes, which may have borne painted decoration or no decoration at all.

Though the temple was originally thought to be dedicated to Poseidon, the discovery of votive offerings related to Hera in consecrated pits nearby has led scholars to think that it was instead dedicated to that goddess. In the third century BC, Paestum was occupied by the Romans, who renovated the temple, adding a second altar and creating a path to the new forum through the sanctuary.

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Alex Biad, Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Temple of Hera II (Neptune): a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2016 <> [accessed: 21 September 2023]

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