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The Peloponnese Sights

Temple of Artemis Orthia

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 10/07/2014

Fodor's Review

At this temple outside town, young Spartan men underwent krypteia (initiations) that entailed severe public floggings. The altar had to be splashed with blood before the goddess was satisfied. Traces of two such altars are among sparse vestiges of the 6th-century BC temple. The larger ruins are the remains of a grandstand built in the 3rd century AD by the Romans, who revived the flogging tradition as a public spectacle.

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Tripoli Rd., down path to Eurotas river, Sparta, 23100, Greece

Updated 10/07/2014

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