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HAGHIOS PHLOROS Messenia, Greece.

A village about 8 km E of Messene. A group of warm and cold springs at a site 1 km to the N have been recognized from antiquity as the sources of the Pamisos river. Pausanias mentions annual sacrifices to this river, as well as springs where children were cured. Archaeological excavations have uncovered the remains of a small Doric temple with cella and pronaos, connected by a ramp to an open-air altar. Masonry predating the temple surrounded an opening at the back of the cella, presumably a sacred spring, and many small dedicatory objects were found in the earth floor. Two inscriptions recorded dedications to Pamisos. At the end of the excavation season, the remains were re-covered and the finds taken to the National Museum in Athens.


Paus. 4.3.10, 31.4; M. N. Valmin, The Swedish Messenia Expedition (1938) 419fMPI.


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