Overall view from SW, Olympia, Metroon

Plan, Olympia, Metroon

Overall view from NE, Olympia, Metroon

Overall view from W, Olympia, Metroon

Context: Olympia
Type: Temple
Summary: Small peripteral temple; on the north side of the Sanctuary of Zeus (Altis), south of the Treasury Terrace and east of the Temple of Hera.
Date: ca. 400 BC - 300 BC

10.62 m x 20.67 m.

Region: Elis
Period: Late Clas./Hell.


Doric peripteral temple, 6 x 11 columns, with cella opening east onto a pronaos distyle in antis. It had a distyle in antis opisthodomos on the west. A colonnade of unknown order along the north and south cella walls.


Dedicated to the Mother of the Gods, sometimes called Cybele. The cult of the Mother of the Gods was displaced in Roman times by that of Augustus and Rome.

Other Bibliography:

Mallwitz 1972, 160-163; Rossiter 1981, 342