Archaeologists in Turkey finds traces of temple built for Nemesis

Archaeologists found traces of a temple built for the "Greek goddess of divine retribution", Nemesis, during excavations.

Archaeologists in Turkey finds traces of temple built for Nemesis

Archaeologists found traces of a temple built for the "Greek goddess of divine retribution", Nemesis, during excavations in the ancient city of Agora in the western Turkish province of Izmir.

Associate Akin Ersoy of the Dokuz Eylul University Department of Archaeology who heads the archaeological excavations in the ancient city, told the A.A on Monday, "we suppose that there was a temple built for Nemesis in this area. We found traces of such a temple during our excavations in the Agora. We want to concentrate our works to unearth the temple in the future."

The ancient city of Agora was constructed during the rule of Alexander the Great. It is today mostly in ruins. What little is left remains because of Faustina, wife of Marcus Aurelius, who had the Agora rebuilt after an earthquake devastated the original in 178 AD.

The Agora was first excavated by German and Turkish archaeologists between 1932 and 1941. Surrounded on the west and north by colonnades, the Agora once had a large altar dedicated to Zeus in the center.

The altar is now gone, but statues of Poseidon and of Demeter believed to have come from the altar are on display in the Archaeological Museum in Izmir.

Also visible at the site are various capitals, remnants of three of the four main gates, some recognizable stalls, architectural fragments bearing medieval coats of arms and a stone slab that may have been used as a gaming board.


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