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Temple of Ares

Few have survived from the Temple of Ares in the Ancient Agora.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1933 Excavated.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

    The transport of the temple and its altar took place during the 1st century BC, as shown by marks on the building’s architectural members and many ceramic findings.

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

    440 BC The temple dates back to 440-436 BC, but its foundations are Roman.

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Today we mainly see traces of the temple’s foundation. According to findings scattered in the area, it was a large temple of Doric order, a twin of the Temple of Hephaestus, according to Travlos (1971). It was dedicated to Ares, god of war, one of the 12 gods of Olympus and son of Zeus and Hera.

What I can't see

It belongs to the category of temples, whose architectural members come from various sanctuaries of Attica and were assembled in Athens between the 1st century BC and 1st century AD. Perhaps, this is the oldest of this category. It was probably brought from Acharnes, where there was a famous sanctuary of Ares. The sima (gutter) of the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio was also placed on this temple. Later, many architectural members of the temple of Ares were used in the late Roman fortification, south of the Stoa of Attalos. Usually, temples that were transported had previously been abandoned, due to the disasters caused by Sulla (86 BC).


Camp J., (2001), The Archaeology of Athens, Yale University Press, New Haven and London


Travlos J., (1980), Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Athens, New York: Hacker Art Book