Reconstruction of Ionic column, Athens, Stoa of Attalos

Front of the Stoa of Attalos, from NW, Athens, Stoa of Attalos

Arched window in N side of the Stoa of Attalos (reconstructed), from N, At...

South side from S, Athens, Stoa of Attalos

Interior colonnade from S, Athens, Stoa of Attalos

West central area of Agora and Stoa of Attalos, from SW, Athens, Agora

Context: Athens
Type: Stoa
Summary: Two-storied stoa; on the eastern side of the Agora.
Date: ca. 159 BC - 138 BC

Facade: 10.65 m high x 112.09 m long x19.4 m wide; portico: 13.3 m deep; windows: 0.08 m x 0.73 m; stairways: 28 steps 0.23 m high x 0.33 m wide; lower, outer Doric column diameter: 0.72 m, intercolumniation: 2.42 m; lower, inner Ionic column intercolumniation: 4.86 m.

Region: Attica
Period: Hellenistic


Doric lower outer colonnade, with Ionic lower inner colonnade. An upper outer colonnade of Ionic double half-columns, and an upper inner colonnade with palm capitals. Stairways to the 2nd story at each end of the stoa. Each story had 2 aisles and 21 rooms lining the western wall. The rooms of both stories were lighted and vented through doorways and small windows on the back wall.


Identified by a dedicatory inscription on the architrave as built by Attalos II, ruler of Pergamon from 159 B.C. to 138 B.C. The building assumes particular importance in the study of ancient monuments because the reconstruction of 1952 - 1956 replicates the original form.

Other Bibliography:

Travlos 1971, 505-519; Coulton 1976, 219; Camp 1986, 172-175