Stoa Poikile excavations in the Athenian Agora
|Reconstruction of the Stoa Poikile, one of the major structures in Athens’ Classical Agora, |
the centre of the city’s political and public life [Credit: To Vima]
The property located on Agiou Philippou 14 stands right above the mid-5th century BC Stoa, hiding a long section of its back wall, interior and exterior columns, while that on the corner of Adrianou and Agiou Philippou 20, covers the area right in front of the Stoa and part of the Eridanos river.
The Stoa Poikile or Painted Portico, originally called the Porch of Peisianax, was erected during the 5th century BC and was located on the north side of the Ancient Agora of Athens. The Stoa was the location from which Zeno of Citium taught Stoicism.
Excavations carried out by the American School of Classical Studies in Athens over the past two decades have revealed many of the foundations and some lower elements of the stoa on the north side of the Athenian Agora - a Doric-style facade and an Ionic interior colonnade. The Stoa Poikile was decorated by fresco painter and sculptor Micon of Athens in collaboration with Polygnotos of Thasos.
Author: Stella Tsolakidou | Source: Greek Reporter [March 20, 2013]