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Stoa at Brauron

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Basil-Anne Stackpole, Julie Mason Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified May 22, 2023 08:58 PM History
The Stoa at Brauron, within the larger Artemis Brauronia complex, housed dining spaces as well as votive offerings to the goddess Artemis. The Stoa was Π-shaped, wrapping around a courtyard that separated it from the temple of Artemis at Brauron, which it faced. Worship at the cult site began ca. the eighth century BCE. The site was abandoned after a flood in the third century BCE.

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The Stoa at Brauron was the main administrative center for the cult practice at the Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia. The Π-shaped Doric stoa was constructed circa 430-420 BCE and is thought to have remained partially incomplete throughout its use. Excavations of the site by Papadimitriou began in 1948 and continued through 1962.  Many votive stelae as well as other votive offerings were found in the stoa as well as tables and couches that indicate this space may have been used for dining. Another theorized use of the stoa was that it was used to house the arktoi, young girls who would “act a bear” during religious festivals. Also recovered from the stoa were partial records of dedications. These dedications included clothing of women dedicated after or during childbirth, suggesting the cult site was important for women hoping for successful childbirth or commemorating a terminal one. The stoa is the only currently standing building at the site due to its partial reconstruction.

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Basil-Anne Stackpole, Julie Mason, Jeffrey Becker, and Thomas Landvatter, 'Stoa at Brauron: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 06 June 2023]

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