One of the Greek buildings which the Roman colonists restored for their use was the Archaic Temple, possibly the most imposing piece of architecture of Hellenistic Corinth. It had been built in the mid sixth century B.C.E., probably as a Temple of Apollo, to replace an even earlier temple on the same spot. Probably the shrine was once brightly painted but the weather wore away its colors. Its use in the Roman period is not known.
Plan for the Archaic Temple
Today seven (shown in dark blue) of its original thirty-eight Doric columns are still standing. They are about twenty-four feet tall and six feet in diameter. The photograph below gives an idea of the size of the columns.
Admiring the Great Columns;
the Acrocorinth is in the background
Notes and Credits
The top image of the temple is a non-copyrighted photograph from Apollo: An Infrastructure for Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Worlds at http://apollo.classics.unc.edu/. Click on it to see a larger version.
The photograph by Thomas Price is used with permission. Please credit him and his and Allan R. Brockway's web site. The web page on Corinth, which Tom Price has written, grew out of his research on Paul before and after a tour of Greece and Turkey in the "footsteps of Paul." He earned his Ph.D. in theology from Boston University and worked for the General Board of Church and Society for 10 years. He works for the Social Security Administration and teaches adult Bible classes in Paul and the historical Jesus at St. Matthew's UMC, Bowie, Maryland.
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