Although a center for trade and commerce for a long time prior, it was Polycrates "The Tyrant" who really put Samos on the map in the mid-6th century BC. The monumentalism that he embarked on at the Heraion was a show to all—trader, pirate, ally and would-be conqueror—that Samos’s might under the watchful gaze of her Patron Goddess Hera was undisputable.

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