Ancient Corinth and the Archeological Museum of Ancient Corinth are off the beaten track excursions near Athens, Greece. This archeological site is located approximately 48 miles west of Athens. A visit can easily be combined with a Corinth Canal boat trip. This area is less crowded than the more popular Athens’ tourist attractions.
Key elements of Ancient Corinth society can be appreciated by strolling around this manageable site. As seen in other archeological sites, the Roman city planners designed a primary north—south roadway. This one led directly from the Corinth Gulf harbor to the social and religious center, the Forum. In its heyday, shops lined this main roadway.
An east—west route, intersected the north—south street at the Forum. Posted maps describe the location of the original streets, the Forum, as well as the main structures. Since most of what remains is rubble, one needs to use one’s imagination to visualize this former ancient city. If Greek-Roman antiquity is not your forte, a guided tour will help tie together the major elements of Ancient Corinth society.
The Theater of Ancient Corinth is recognizable. The original theater structure dates back to 5th century BCE. An adjacent map identifies several places where the structure was renovated to meet the needs of future generations.
The Odeum was an indoor structure that was designed for musical performances and rhetorical completions. It was built several centuries after the theater in the 1st century C.E. and at a later time became a gladiatorial arena.
The Temple of Apollo was built shortly after the death of Augustus in the 1st century C.E. Only a handful of the limestone columns remain standing.
Remnants of the Roman’s water-supply system can be viewed in multiple locations. One example, the Peirene Fountain is relatively easy to locate.
If you’re looking for respite from the sunshine, head to the onsite museum. It was built in 1932 to safeguard the Ancient Corinth relics. The American School of Classical Studies in Athens excavated these items. Unfortunately, the artifacts safety wasn’t guaranteed. In 1990, thieves stole a significant number of the documented items.
Several years later, the local police force worked together with the FBI to recover the stolen objects in Florida. Almost all of the antiquities were returned to the museum. Visitors to this museum will be able to see some relics that date back to prehistoric times while the vast majority are from the Hellenistic period, the Roman, and the Byzantine eras. All of the displays provide information and dates in Greek and English. If you enjoy ancient art, don’t forget to stop here.
Anyone who is traveling to Athens and is looking for a less frequented tourist site that is filled with historical significance from the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman times should consider taking an off the beaten trek to Ancient Corinth.
Remember to bring a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses, ample water, and a camera.
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