Archaeologists have discovered what they believe belongs to the lost Temple of Poseidon near the Greek town of Samekon.
Researchers from the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University, Keele University and the Ellis Department of Archeology are studying the unearthed remains.
The remains were found about 2,000 years ago in the area described by the Greek historian Strabo as the site of the temple in question.
During the excavations, the foundations of a large building with a wall 80 cm wide and 9.40 meters wide were discovered.
The ancient geographer, philosopher and historian Strabo completed around AD 20 in his work Geographica, BC. He speaks of the sanctuary around the time of the ancient Greek era between 700 and 480 BC. Strabo emphasizes that this is an important center of religious and ethnic identity, describing the “Amphibious Confederation” or alliance of neighboring states in the Trevilia region of the Peloponnese.
Why do historians believe that the ruins are the Temple of Poseidon?
The remains were found on the coast of the Peloponnese, where many tsunamis are known to have occurred in prehistoric and ancient times. Although people moved away from this area at that time, it is understood that the Temple of Poseidon was built here because Poseidon is considered the god of earthquakes and tsunamis in the ancient Greek civilization.
The remains were first discovered in 2021, but archaeologists only realized a few months ago that they might be what remains of the lost Temple of Poseidon.
More work needs to be done on the site of the structure and excavations at the temple in order to better understand the building and its history.
Who is Poseidon?
According to Greek mythology, Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. Brother of Zeus, god of the sky and Hades, god of the underworld. These three deities are considered the most powerful of the twelve major Greek gods. Poseidon, who was traditionally identified with the three-toothed harpoon in his hand, is believed to have transferred his powers using this instrument.
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