Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ruins of the Temple of Hera at Agrigento, Magna Graecia

In classical Greek Mythology Hera, the wife of Zeus (Jupiter), was as the goddess of women and marriage, Juno being the equivalent in Roman mythology. Hera was worshipped at her sanctuary that stood between the ancient city states of Argos and Mycenae, where festivals in her honor were celebrated, and her other main center of cult was at Samos. There were also temples dedicated to Hera in Olympia, Corinth, Tiryns, Perachora and the sacred island of Delos. In Magna Graecia, in present day Italy, two Doric temples dedicated to Hera were constructed at Paestum in the period between 550 BC and 450 BC, according to historians.

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