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Heraion of Argos, Argos

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The Heraion of Argos (Greek: Ἡραῖον Ἄργους) is an ancient temple in Argos, Greece. It was part of the greatest sanctuary in the Argolid, dedicated to Hera, whose epithet "Argive Hera" (Ἥρη Ἀργείη Here Argeie) appears in Homer's works. Hera herself claims to be the protector of Argos in Iliad IV, 50–52): "The three towns I love best are Argos, Sparta and Mycenae of the broad streets". The memory was preserved at Argos of an archaic, aniconic pillar representation of the Great Goddess. The site, which might mark the introduction of the cult of Hera in mainland Greece, lies northeast of Argos between the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Midea, two important Mycenaean cities. The traveller Pausanias, visiting the site in the 2nd century CE, referred to the area as Prosymna (Προσύμνη).

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  • I visited here because a professor had said that it feels sacred. I had to hire a taxi to get there as it's off the beaten path, but it was SO WORTH IT! The driver couldn't go in with me and I was at....  more »
  • It is impossible really fully to appreciate the story of Kleobis and Biton at Herodotos 1.31 unless one has visited the Argive Heraion. Top site.  more »
  • Ooh. This was in such a lively setting. It was not hard to imagine how it may have looked thousands of years ago. It was free to visit but a shame no info available for the visitor.
  • Poorly preserved, subjected to the action of time. Nobody does it too much to counteract this.
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