The Temple of Poseidon Mentioned by Strabo May Have Been Found

The Temple of Poseidon Mentioned by Strabo May Have Been Found

Archaeologists in Greece recently found important ancient ruins in Elis, the historic site in the western Peloponnese.

The foundations of a temple-like structure were discovered during excavations at the acropolis in the ancient city of Samikon, also known as Samicum.

The remains, unearthed by a Greek and Austrian team, are thought to belong to the lost temple of Poseidon, mentioned in the works of the Ancient Greek geographer Strabo.

Archaeologists announced that the structure may have been 25 meters long.

It is expected that detailed information about the building will be shared with the public in the next stages.

The excavations, carried out in cooperation with the Austrian Archaeological Institute, are planned to continue until 2026. The project also aims to examine the topography of Semikon’s surroundings and to determine the location of the port in Samikon.

Strabo and Geographica

Strabo was an Ancient Greek geographer who lived from 64 BC to 24 AD. He was born in Amasya, which is located in Turkey today. He traveled to many cities of the Roman Empire and described what he saw in his 17-book encyclopedia called Geographica (Geography).

Strabo mentioned the existence of a temple dedicated to Poseidon at Semikon. The ancient ruins found in Semikon are thought to be the temple of Poseidon mentioned by Strabo.