Archea Korinthos (Old Corinth) in Corinthia Regional Unit, Peloponnese Region, Greece
The Heroon at the Crossroads: an early sanctuary of Ancient Corinth
On the hillside where the Bema of the Roman Forum was later built and alongside a road leading southward to Acrocorinth, a cemetery had been delevoped during the Geometric period (1050 - 720 B.C.)
Later on, during the Early Corinthian period (620 - 590 B.C.) one of the cemetery's graves was looted; it was the grave of an arthritic male, about 40-45 years old and 1.72 meters tall. As a direct result of this action, a cult activity started on the site, presumably because the Corinthians feared pollution from the looting of the grave. A few years after, in the Middle Corinthian period (590 - 570 B.C.), a small rectangular open-air enclosure was built over grave 72-4. The height of its poros wall can be restored to just above eye-level. The various and valuable votive offerings found inside the temenos suggest that the dead man was venerated as a hero.
The temenos remained in use until the destruction of Corinth in 146 B.C. and was damaged by the laying of the bedding for the paving of the Roman Forum.
Location. 37° 54.316′ N, 22° 52.815′ E. Marker is in Archea Korinthos (Old Corinth), Peloponnese Region, in Corinthia Regional Unit. Marker can be reached from Enotiki Archeas Korinthou north of EO Korinthou Click for map. This marker is located in the Archaeological Park of Ancient Corinth, and is situated near the center of the Roman Agora, in an open area, in front of the ruins of the Bema. Marker is in this post office area: Archea Korinthos (Old Corinth), Peloponnese Region 200 07, Greece.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rostra (Bema) of the Roman Forum (a few steps from this marker); Saint Paul in Corinth and the Bema of the Roman Forum (within shouting distance of this marker); Lechaion Road (within shouting distance of this marker); South Stoa (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirene Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Buildings at the West End of Roman Agora (about 90 meters away); Road Network (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Archea Korinthos (Old Corinth).
More about this marker. With regards to the location of all of the markers in the Archaeological Park of Ancient Corinth, when going online and researching directional information, I could not locate any websites, or any online maps, that provided the names of the local streets, so it was difficult for me to provide accurate and detailed directional information.
One online site provided the following directions for getting to the archaeological park: "By car: 90 minutes from Athens. The exit to Ancient Corinth, approaching from the north, is about 2 kilometers west of the Tripolis interchange. Warning: visitors familiar with the village before 1996 should take the Patras interchange not the new Tripolis highway to arrive from the other side of the village; no exit was constructed and a U-turn cannot be made for ten kilometers."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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