Temple of Herakles Alexikakos

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The temple of Herakles Alexikakos (restrainer of evil) was founded during the great plague of 430/429 BC. It was located in the Melite quarter in a triangular precinct on the southwest slope of the Areopagos. The precinct was surrounded by three streets, the street to the west being the main road to the Agora.

The heroon stood approximately in the centre of the precinct and consisted of a square base 3.10 m wide supporting four columns which in turn supported a simple epistyle or a roof. The temple proper stood at the entrance of the precinct to the south.

The statue of Herakles located in this precinct had been sculpted by Ageladas.

References

Travlos, John, Pictorial dictionary of Ancient Athens, Books that matter, New York, 1971, p. 274

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