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Temple E at Selinus

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jeffrey Becker, Jackson N Miller, Eric Canales, Tom Elliott
Contributors: Adam Rabinowitz
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Last modified Aug 09, 2020 10:49 AM History
A fifth century B.C. Doric temple, sacred to perhaps Hera or Dionysus, located on the eastern hill at Selinus.

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The 5th-century temple known conventionally as Temple E is one of three temples built on the eastern hill of Selinunte. Its construction has been variously dated between 490 and 450 BC. It is of the Doric order, and its peripteros is 6 columns wide by 15 long. Five metopes from the pronaos have been found, four of which have been reconstructed: Heracles battling an Amazon, Actaeon being devoured by his dogs before Artemis, Athena battling the Gorgon Enceladus, and Zeus with Hera on Mount Ida. The last is the best preserved and decorated. It is noteworthy that the face, arms and nude body parts of the female figures are made of Parian marble set into the local limestone in which the sculptures of the metopes, including the male bodies, are carved. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake in antiquity, and was reconstructed in 1958.

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Jeffrey Becker, Jackson N Miller, Eric Canales, Tom Elliott, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Temple E at Selinus: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 29 May 2023]

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