Plan, Athens, Law Court (Square Peristyle)

Context: Athens
Type: Court
Summary: Square roofed colonnade; in the Agora, beneath the Stoa of Attalos.
Date: ca. 338 BC - 300 BC

Wall: 58.8 m x 58.8 m; peristyle court: 38.75 m square; aisle: 8.60 m deep; intercolumniation 3.01 m.

Region: Attica
Period: Hellenistic


Walled square enclosure with entrances on east and west. Inner Doric colonnade of 14 x 14 columns.


Size and location would have made this an appropriate meeting place for the law courts. Travlos dates this building to the time of Lykourgos, 338 - 326 B.C., and states the building was carefully constructed. Camp dates the building to 300 B.C. and considers its construction to have been "shoddy," with the west side unfinished.

Other Bibliography:

Travlos 1971, 520-521; Camp 1986, 167; Coulton 1976, 221