Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The ruins of ancient Corinth is a short drive from the modern city of Corinth, and are spread around the base of the rock of Acrocorinth, which forms a natural acropolis for the city. Most of the surviving buildings are Roman rather than Greek, dating back from the city’s prosperous age after Ceaser sacked and rebuilt much of the original Greek city. Much of the city has been toppled by recurring earthquakes over the centuries.

On the Acrocorinth itself are the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, of which little remains. The most notable ruin is the Temple of Apollo, built in the 6th century BC. Part of the foundation and a few pillars of the remains of the Temple of Octavia, dedicated to the sister of Emperor Augustus can still be seen.

(Excerpt from Sacred Destinations: Corinth)

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