Segesta, Sicily



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Segesta, Sicily. The Temple

On a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta lies an unusually well preserved doric temple. It was built sometime in the late 5th century BC and has 6×14 columns on a base measuring 21×56m and being three steps high. Several things suggest that the temple was never actually finished. The columns have not been fluted like they normally would have been in a Doric temple and there are still tabs present in the blocks of the base (used for lifting the blocks into place but then normally removed). It also lacks a cella and was never roofed over. The temple is also unusual for being a Hellenic temple in a city not mainly populated by Greeks.
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Date Created 1/20/2009

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