Southwest end from SW, Amphiaraion, Stoa

Plan, Amphiaraion, Stoa

Detail of Ionic order, Amphiaraion, Stoa

Interior from W, Amphiaraion, Stoa

Marble benches inside NW corner, Amphiaraion, Stoa

Context: Amphiaraion
Type: Stoa
Summary: Stoa; on the east side of the Sanctuary of Amphiaraios, southeast of the Theater.
Date: ca. 360 BC

110.15 m x 11.45 m; rooms at either end: 10.12 m x 5.9 m; Doric column diameter: 0.66 m, intercolumniation: 2.29 m; Ionic column diameter: 0.58 m, intercolumniation: 5.66 m.

Region: Attica
Period: Late Classical


Two-aisled stoa opening southeast with an outer Doric colonnade of 41 columns and an inner Ionic colonnade of 17 columns. At either end was a small room separated from the rest of the stoa by two columns with a screen between them. A bench ran the length of the back wall.


Also known as the Enkoimeterion. Pilgrims to the sanctuary would sleep here while awaiting the oracle's advice. The small rooms may have been for female pilgrims. A level area in front of the stoa may have been used as a track.

This stoa probably replaced an earlier one located farther southwest on the terrace where the later row of dedications stood.

Other Bibliography:

Coulton 1976, 269; Rossiter 1981, 218