Recent excavations in NW sector of Agora, crossroads near the Painted Stoa...

Plan, Athens, Stoa Poikile (Painted)

Painted Stoa, from SE, Athens, Stoa Poikile (Painted)

Painted Stoa, from S, Athens, Stoa Poikile (Painted)

Context: Athens
Type: Stoa
Summary: Two-aisled stoa; on the north side of the Agora
Date: ca. 475 BC - 450 BC

12.5 m wide, length ca. 36 m (total length unexcavated).

Region: Attica
Period: Early Classical


Doric outer colonnade and an Ionic inner colonnade, opening south.


The building was originally known as the Peisianaktios, from its builder Peisianax. The name Poikile (Painted) is derived from its famous murals painted by artists such as Polygnotos.

Other Bibliography:

Agora Guide 1976, 102-103; Coulton 1976, 221; Camp 1986, 66-71