DELPHI – Temple of Athena

Archaeologically there’s little known about the early beginnings of Delphi. Excavations have revealed the site was a Mycenaean village from 1500 to 1100 BCE, during which time the primary religious emphasis was on an oracular cult of the Earth Goddess. Located roughly one-half mile from the main concentration of buildings at Delphi, Athena Pronaia was the gateway to Delphi. The site, having been occupied since the Neolithic Period (5000-3000 BCE) and later by the Mycenaeans, may actually predate Delphi as a sacred place. Originally dedicated to the worship of an Earth Goddess, the shrine was eventually occupied by Olympian deities, Athena in particular. Athena’s shrine stood near the entrance to Apollo’s; hence the epithet ‘of the fore-shrine’, which is confirmed by inscriptions. Athena Pronaia, ‘Athena before the Temple’, was also called, by a sort of pun, Athena Pronoia, ‘Athena of forethought.’

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  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: DELPHI
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: no
  • Location: DELPHI, Greece