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Great Temple of Hera

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Anna Wilson, Casandrah Catterton Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
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The Great Temple of Hera, or Polycrates Temple, is the third temple constructed at the Heraion of Samos between 540 and 530 BCE.

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The Great Temple of Hera (or Polycrates temple) is the third temple to Hera at the Samian Heraion. Constructed by the tyrant Polycrates between 540 and 530 BCE, the temple measured 55.16 m x 108.63 m. The Ionic temple was built in a peristyle of at least 155, 20 m columns, which makes it one of the largest Greek temples built. The temple served as the hub for the cult of the Samian Hera and housed the xoanon — wooden cult statue — of Hera. During the Byzantine period, the temple was extensively quarried.

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Anna Wilson, Casandrah Catterton, Thomas Landvatter, and Tom Elliott, 'Great Temple of Hera: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 06 June 2023]

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