Sunday, March 13, 2011

Selinunte: The Very Last Of The Greek Temples (That We Know Of)

Selinunte was founded by the Greeks, like the others, in the 7th century BCE or so, and became another thriving colony. The Carthaginians took over in the 400s, then the Romans in 250 BCE. Then Selinunte more or less passed from history. Forgotten city. So much so that its seven massive temple remains are not named but merely labeled, A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

Me atop a column base at Temple G, which would have been
one of the largest Dorics ever built; whether toppled by the
Carthaginians or earthquakes, or both and more, it is the
most massive rubble we have seen

Ten foot diameter column parts

Temple E, Doric, 5th century, the best preserved

Another view

Across the valley, remains of Temple C, the oldest of the
lot, 6th century; you can see which way the earthquake rolled

Agora/forum; this place has not been excavated

Another ancient main street

Looking north, the beach and modern town

Simple sarcophagus

Roman wall

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