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Terrace of the Lions at Delos

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Danielle Hoyer Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Mar 17, 2021 02:48 PM History
Nine white marble lions arranged in a single row along a terrace facing the sacred lake. The pathway marks an entry point into the city from the Bay of Skardana towards the shrine of Leto.

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agora, forum, plaza (deprecated)

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The Terrace of the Lions was built by citizens of the neighboring island of Naxos during the 7th century BC. The terrace was lined on one side by sculptures of at least nine roaring lions made of white Parian marble. Directly across the terrace to the east is the sacred lake. This terrace was a dromos, or passageway, from the Port of Skardana towards the shrine of Leto, the mother of Apollo. This was the main passageway used early in the settlement of Delos, but it fell into disuse after the temple of Apollo was built and visitors used a port further south on the island. The first intact lion was discovered in 1905, with five lions found mostly intact and remains indicating at least nine lions total. The intact lions have since been moved into the Archaeological Museum at Delos. 

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Danielle Hoyer, Jeffrey Becker, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Terrace of the Lions at Delos: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 23 September 2023]

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