Aerial view of site, from N, Epidauros, Abaton (Dormitory), Anakeion, Foun...

Plan, Epidauros, Temple of Aphrodite (Temple L)

Context: Epidauros
Type: Temple
Summary: Small prostyle temple; east of the central Sanctuary of Asklepios, west of the Sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas.
Date: ca. 320 BC - ca. 280 BC
Region: Argolid
Period: Hellenistic


Plan:

Ionic prostyle temple with pseudo-peripteral cella, 4 x 7 columns. All but 6 outer columns were attached to the cella walls. A ramp on the east led over 4 steps to a tetrastyle prostyle porch of 6 columns and the cella. The interior of the cella was lined with Corinthian columns which nearly touched the walls.

History:

An excavated statue of Aphrodite with a sword (attributed to Polykleitos the Younger, 2nd century B.C.) may have stood near this temple.

Other Bibliography:

PECS, 313; Faraklas 1972, 48-49