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Title / Description: Octagonal Court Located Between the Propylaion and the GreatCourt of the Sanctuary of ZeusCommentary:
Provenance: Baalbeck, Lebanon
Object Type: image - architecture
The sanctuary at Baalbek in the Beqa valley some 53 miles (85 km) ENE of Beirut, consists of a temple complex, constructed on ancient principles, although its current remains reflect decorative ideals of the 2d and 3rd centuries CE.
The whole sacred complex is devoted to ancient Semitic deities, the conceptions and representations of of which had changed in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.
The main sanctuary consists of a monumental propylaea, behind which is an octagonal court, pictured here, which would have displayed statues of the deities worshipped in the shrine.
Robert Houston Smith, "Baalbek," ADB 1.556.
Author of Commentary: Harold Attridge
Source: Attridge, Harold W. Harold Attridge slide collection