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Ancient temple of Samos found in Greece Poseidon (photo)

Ancient Greek historian Strabo describes the sanctuary of the sea god as an important center of religious and ethnic identity for the Triphylian cities in the 6th century BC

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During their recent archaeological research in southern Greece, a group of Greek and Austrian archaeologists found a temple of Samos Poseidon, described by the ancient Greek writer Strabo, writes Artnet.

The discovery of a sanctuary dedicated to the Greek sea god was made on the acropolis of the ancient city of Samikum. The sanctuary, belonging to the period of archaic Greece from 700 to 480 BC, was mentioned by the ancient geographer, philosopher and historian Strabo.

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Ancient temple of Samos Poseidon found in Greece (photo)

Ancient temple of Samos Poseidon found in Greece (photo)

Archaeologists have excavated large sections of the building's foundations, 9.4 meters wide, with heavy stone walls 0.8 meters thick. The remains date back to the 6th century BC. According to the ancient sources of Strabo and Pausanias, the sanctuary of Poseidon was an important religious center in the region of the six cities of Triphylia – in ancient times the southern part of the historical region of Elis in the Peloponnese.

“An elongated large building cannot be anything other than a temple of archaic Greece , located on the site of the sanctuary of Poseidon, most likely dedicated to the god himself,” the researchers said.

Fragments of a laconic roof and a marble perirrhanterion (a pool used for rituals) confirm the dates of construction of the Archaic period. The team also uncovered other architectural features commonly found in ancient temples, including a pronaos (vestibule) and two interior rooms – one of which is a cella filled with a “thick layer of tiles.”

Ancient temple of Samos Poseidon found in Greece (photo)

Ancient temple of Poseidon of Samos found in Greece (photo)

“This discovery sheds new light on the political and economic significance of the union of Triphylian cities in the 6th century BC, when the sanctuary of Poseidon served the center of their religious and ethnic identity,” the experts concluded.