"The Pompeion" Kerameikos Tip by Pieter11

Kerameikos, Athens: 22 reviews and 47 photos

  The Pompeion
by Pieter11

The Pompeion, a huge building next to the Dipylon, used to be an important storage space for costumes, and a dressing room for the processions that were organised through Athens.

The most important ones were the Panathinaic Games, that were helt once in the four years. This procession started at the Dipylon gates, and went over the Agora, all the was up to the Acropolis.

The Pompeion used to be richly decorated, with paintings and statues of poets and philosophes, like Socrates.

The old Pompeion was destroyed in 88 B.C.. Hadrian (again Hadrian) built a new one, but finally this one was destoyed too in 267 A.D. Nowadays you can see the remainings of both the buildings. Again you need some imagination, but it´s worth the effort.

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  • Written Jun 19, 2005
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