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    Posted: 02-Mar-2007 at 09:08
Greek archeologists found 2.200 years old Heras statue in the temple of Dion under Mount Olympus in Central Macedonia at Greece. 
 
Dion was a major religious center of the ancient Macedonians.
 
Alexander the Great offered sacrifices there before launching his victorious campaign against the Persian Empire in the 4th century B.C.
 
 

Excavations so far have revealed temples, theaters and a stadium, city walls, a hotel, baths and streets with an elaborate drainage system, as well as many statues.

The area was first inhabited during the Iron Age, and survived into early Christian times when it was the seat of a bishop.

Pantermalis will present the find on Friday, during a three-day archaeological conference that opened in Thessaloniki Thursday.



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Thanks,very interesting!I heard it on the news.
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Isn't Hera Hercules's wicked step mother?
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or the long suffering wife of a cheating husband who chained her to a mountain! hehe but yeah she is the one had the serpents thrown into Hercules cradle..

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Originally posted by ValHalen0wns

Isn't Hera Hercules's wicked step mother?


Yes...Basically everything connected to Hercules was worshipped in Macedonia. Even the man himself.


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  Quote Flipper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Mar-2007 at 06:04
Originally posted by akritas

 

Excavations so far have revealed temples, theaters and a stadium, city walls, a hotel, baths and streets with an elaborate drainage system, as well as many statues.


 


Akritas, do you have a date on the theaters of Dion? I'm curious to see when the started to build theaters...Embarrassed


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  Quote New User Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Mar-2007 at 06:35
Flipper,I think the Theatre of Epidaurus (sp?) was 4BCE and revised again later  but I would have to go back and source that for you.
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  Quote akritas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Mar-2007 at 11:22
Originally posted by Flipper

Originally posted by akritas

 

Excavations so far have revealed temples, theaters and a stadium, city walls, a hotel, baths and streets with an elaborate drainage system, as well as many statues.


 


Akritas, do you have a date on the theaters of Dion? I'm curious to see when the started to build theaters...Embarrassed
Three ancient Theaters were discovered in Macedonia;
one is at Dion as we said, dating back to the 5th century BCESmile
the second is at Vergina (Aegai) 4th century BCE and
the third at Philippi.
 
Ancient plays used to be performed in these Theaters. At the Dion Theater, Euripides Bachae and Arhelaos were introduced for the first time. Some experts believe that Iphigeneia in Aulis was presented there. The theme of the play Arhelaos is associated with the migration of the Argive Timenidis, Prince of Macedonia and founder of the Royal House of Aegai.  These tragedies, played in these Theaters, were written in the Greek language, since they were intended for Greek audience, the Macedonians.
 
 
Dion, the sacred place of Macedonians, is one of the largest (about 4 acres) and most archeologically significant districts of Greece, featuring multifarious bath areas, taking up about 1 acre, with tiled floors, marble bathtubs, complete plumbing system (led and clay pipes) and lavish colonnaded tiled halls. A fact that has been overlooked is that Dion was also the center of intellectual competitions and therefore the birth place of the cultural Olympics.


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  Quote akritas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Mar-2007 at 11:31
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Flipper,I think the Theatre of Epidaurus (sp?) was 4BCE and revised again later  but I would have to go back and source that for you.
Pausanius mentions in Descriptions of Greece that the architect of the Theatre was the famous sculptor Polykleitos. In recent times, this claim has been debated. Historians have said that Pausanius may have confused Polykleitos (who lived in the second half of the fifth century B.C.E.) with another Polykleitos, who was an architect and perhaps the grandson of the sculptor. This would date the building of the Theatre at around 360 B.C.E., a time more in agreement with architectural dating.
 
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