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Stoa of Attalos

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Justina Gil, Janna Newman Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Dec 17, 2020 10:05 AM History
The Stoa of Attalos, located on the eastern side of the ancient Athenian agora, is a long, rectangular, two-story building of limestone and marble, with an external and internal colonnade. It was originally constructed around 150 BCE and then reconstructed in the 1950s.

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The Stoa of Attalos, built ca. 150 BCE, was commissioned by King Attalos II of Pergamon as a gift to the city of Athens and its inhabitants. The structure was a two-story stoa, or colonnaded hall, built on the eastern side of the ancient Athenian agora. Its external colonnade was in the Doric order on the ground floor and Ionic on the upper floor, while the internal colonnade was Ionic on the ground floor and Pergamene on the upper floor. It served as a commercial and cultural center for several hundreds of years. Attalos’ monument was destroyed during the Herulian sack in 267 CE and its materials were subsequently reused in a fortification wall. Excavations on the site began in the 1930s, and the structure was then entirely reconstructed by the American School of Classical Studies in the 1950s to serve as a museum.

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Justina Gil, Janna Newman, Shanell Smith, Christian Dukes, Brady Kiesling, Jeffrey Becker, Monica Beltran, Adam Rabinowitz, and Noah Kaye, 'Stoa of Attalos: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 23 September 2023]

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