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Athenian Treasury at Delphi

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Hannah Spock, Morgan Lubenow, Allison Schaub, JohnPaul Aguilar, John Tran
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Brady Kiesling, John Paul Aguilar, Adam Rabinowitz
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Aug 26, 2020 03:31 PM History
The Athenian Treasury at Delphi, built between 510 and 480 BC, is a building intended to house offerings made to Apollo by the citizens of Athens.

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Originally built between 510 and 480 BC, and bearing on its podium an inscription that indicates that at least part of the construction was financed by the spoils taken at the battle of Marathon in 490 BC, the Athenian Treasury acted as a stage for wealthy Athenian citizens to display their lavish gifts to Apollo. The location of the Treasury along the Sacred Way in Delphi focused visitors’ attention on its gifts and impressive architectural style. The rectangular structure itself is of the Doric order and bore both pedimental sculpture and a frieze with thirty metopes. All that remains of the pedimental sculpture is a head (possibly belonging to Athena), but a number of metopes have survived. Their arrangement on the building is still a subject of debate, but it is clear that they represent two distinct mythical cycles: the exploits of Theseus and the labors of Herakles.

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Hannah Spock, Morgan Lubenow, Allison Schaub, JohnPaul Aguilar, John Tran, Jeffrey Becker, Brady Kiesling, John Paul Aguilar, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Athenian Treasury at Delphi: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 10 December 2023]

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