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Temple of Hera, Olympia

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Shanell Smith, Christian Dukes
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Justina Gil, Adam Rabinowitz, Janna Newman, Monica Beltran
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Aug 10, 2016 03:01 PM History
The Temple of Hera at Olympia, also known as the Heraion, is a peripteral temple in the northwest corner of the Altis precinct that is dedicated to Hera. Built ca. 600-590 B.C., the Heraion is the oldest temple at Olympia and one of the earliest known examples of the Doric order in Greece.

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The Temple of Hera (or Heraion) at Olympia is a temple dedicated to Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage, the wife of Zeus, and the Queen of the Olympian gods. Built originally out of wood ca. 600-590 BC, the Heraion is the oldest temple at Olympia and one of the first examples of the Doric order extant in Greece. As described by the Greek geographer and traveler Pausanias, the wood was gradually replaced with stone over time as the temple was renovated. After being destroyed by an earthquake in the fourth century A.D., however, the temple was not rebuilt. Pausanias, who visited during the second century A.D., described the temple as housing a standing statue of Zeus accompanied by a statue of Hera enthroned, along with numerous other figures of various Greek gods. Pausanias also described the temple's priestesses, known as the Elean women, as having control over the temple's activities, which included organizing the Heraean Games.

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Shanell Smith, Christian Dukes, Jeffrey Becker, Justina Gil, Adam Rabinowitz, Janna Newman, and Monica Beltran, 'Temple of Hera, Olympia: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2016 <> [accessed: 15 May 2021]

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