University of Winnipeg Classics Students Association
This is the temple of Poseidon at Sounion in Greece. It was built in a very strategic location - it was the last safe port before a ship would sail into the open Aegean sea. The first temple was built c.500BCE, but the Persians destroyed it in 480BCE. It remained in ruins (because of the oath of Platea) until Perikles' building program. The site was mostly unused after the 3rd century BCE. The current temple is a 6x13 Doric peripteral style temple. Most of the decoration has vanished, but of interesting note is that the columns have 16 flutes rather than the normal 20. To some, this suggests Archaic origins or influence. Also interesting is that the famous writer Lord George Byron carved his name into one of the columns.