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Altar of Zeus Agoraios

The altar Zeus Agoraios is of the 4th century BC and is at the northwestern part of Ancient Agora

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

    Constructed at the 4th century BC.

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

In this location there was an altar dedicated to Zeus, called Agoraios Zeus because it was located in the Agora. From its traces, which consist mainly of the foundations and the steps, it appears that the building was made of luxurious Pentelic marble.

What I can't see

There was an earlier sanctuary, which may have been a much larger structure. It was probably not completely destroyed by the Persians and so the altar continued to be used for centuries. During Roman times, it may have been transported to Pnyx.


Thompson H.A., Wycherley R.E., (1972), The Athenian Agora, results of excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, v.6, The Agora of Athens, the History, shape and uses of an ancient city center, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton, New Jersey