Shattered sanctuary of Aphaia (E.N.E.), pride of rich and powerful Greeks 2,500 years ago, Aegina. Active no. 9303 : stereo Interpositive, 1905
Underwood & Underwood
Underwood, Elmer 1859-1947
Aphaia (Greek deity)
Silver gelatin on glass
1 item, 5" x 8"
It is situated on the top of a hill covered with pines, in the NE part of the island, and is distinguished by the very good preservation of the Late Archaic temple. The sanctuary was initially dedicated to the cult of Aphaia, a local deity later assimilated by Athena. Finds dating from the prehistoric period--including figurines of breeding women--point to the conclusion that the cult was established very early, possibly in the beginning of the 2nd millenium B.C. Judging from votive offerings and, mostly, from building activity, the sanctuary flourished mainly in the Archaic period. At the end of the period, around 500 B.C. and a little later, the sanctuary assumed the monumental form it preserves today. ... Pottery evidence of the following periods suggests restricted activity on the site until the beginning of the 1st century B.C., when the sanctuary definitely declined. (Hellenic Ministry of Culture web site, 2/6/2002).
Currently stored in box 3.2.29 . Similar to RSN 14450. Orig. no. 84176.