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The Temple of Athena Nike on
the Acropolis is the subject
of a major reconstruction
and historical perspective
from antiquity to the
The Erechtheion - famous the
world over for its asymmetrical
layout and porch of the maidens.
Archaeologist Dr Alex Lesk takes
a new look at this enigmatic
temple to Athena polias.
General website update.
The architecture of the Thymele
is a beautifully proportionate
Classic Greek temple.
Epidaurus was an ancient town
on the Greek mainland, in the
The sanctuary of the healing
In the fifth century BC the cult
of Asclepius began to blossom.
There is a lot of mystery
surrounding that transitional
Welcome to the Thymele of Epidaurus - The Harmonics of Healing,
part of a series of affiliated websites about the world of ancient
Greek culture, architecture and archaeology.
The Harmonics of Healing is designed to give our audience
accurate and detailed information about the famous healing god
Asclepius and his sanctuary at Epidaurus in southern Greece.
Epidaurus is a large archaeological site located just southeast
of Delphi, across the peninsula from Argos, and is famous for
its healing sanctuary in honor of the doctor-god Asclepius.
Epidaurus was one of the most celebrated medical centers of the
Classical Greek world due to the popularity of its thriving sanctuary
in honor of the healing god Asclepius.
In the 4th and 3rd centuries BC the sanctuary began an ambitious
construction program, erecting or enlarging and renovating
many of the buildings and monuments in the sanctuary.
Huge numbers of individuals flocked to Asclepius’ sanctuary
in search of cures when other healers and treatments had failed.
Epidaurus is a place of mystery, of superb architecture unlike
anything else in ancient Greece, a locus of miracles and medicine.
Those who visited the sanctuary for healing would spend
the night in the Enkoimeterion, a sleeping hall where, if they
were fortunate, they would fall into the correct dream state.
In this dream state, Asclepius would appear to them and
perform a medical procedure or suggest a course of treatment
to regain their health.
Epidaurus remained active into the 5th century AD when the
growing popularity of another divine healer - Jesus - eclipsed
pagan cults. Still to this day, however, Epidaurus is a remarkable
place, with amazing tales of miraculous healing and a very
special building that is just now being restudied in order to
better understand its purpose and function.
The theatre was designed by the architect Polykleitos the Younger
in the 4th century BC. It is renowned for its exceptional acoustics,
which result in almost perfect legibility of the unamplified spoken
word to all 15,000 spectators that it could seat.
Another building, the circular Thymele, was designed by the same
architect who built the theater.
This circular building—sumptuous in detail and unique in
design - has provoked argument and dissension in academic
circles for centuries.