By Clyde E Fant; Mitchell Glenn Reddish
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Before entering the site, notice two landmarks that are valuable in gaining orientation to the agora. Above, on the hill to the right, is the Temple of Hephaestus, the finest extant example of a Greek temple in all of Greece. Ahead, and to the left, bordering the eastern side of the agora, the largest and most prominent building on the site is the Stoa of Attalus, magnificently restored between 1953 and 1956 by the American School of Classical Studies. The other remains mostly consist of foundations not always easy to identify, but those of greatest significance will be described.
The site was originally settled by Thracians, who called their settlement Ennea Hodoi, meaning “Nine Ways” or “Nine Roads,” indicating the importance of the location as a crossroads for travel and trade routes. E. under the leadership of Hagnon. E. the city came under Spartan control. Amphipolis was an important city both because of its strategic location on the Strymon River only 3 miles from the Aegean Sea and because of its rich natural resources of agriculture (wine, oil, and wood) and precious metals (especially gold from the mines on Mt.
The Propylaea (“before the gate”) visible today is the fourth of such structures to be built at this site; earlier ones were destroyed in various wars. The road from the agora below, the Panathenaic Way, led up to this point. A flight of marble steps ascends to the hall of the Propylaea. One step is of gray Eleusinian marble; the others are of white Pentelic marble. The monumental pedestal (25 feet tall) on the left of the steps originally was designed for a statue with a chariot and four horses to honor King Eumenes II of Pergamum for his contribution of the Stoa of Eumenes.
A guide to biblical sites in Greece and Turkey by Clyde E Fant; Mitchell Glenn Reddish