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Title / Description: Royal stoa of the Ptolomies at TheraCommentary: The area of Thera, a site in the Cyclades, was settled intermittently from the Neolithic through the early Byzantine periods. Around the 17th century BCE a series of earthquakes and a cataclysmic volcanic eruption caused the abandonment (and consequential excellent preservation) of Thera. However, the site was reinhabited following this destruction, and it is to this later period that the Royal Stoa of the Ptolemies, pictured here, dates to. The stoa was built during the 1st century CE in the southwestern part of the agora. A Doric colonnade, the bases of which are visible in this picture, supported the roof of the structure. The stoa itself measured 46 by 10 meters.
Provenance: Thera, Greece
Object Type: image - architecture
Date: 1st c. C.E.
"Ancient Thera", http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21121a/e211ua05.html;
"Akrotiri of Thera",http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21121a/e211ua08.html
Author of Commentary: Adam Mendelson
Source: Sumney, Jerry L. Jerry L. Sumney Slide Collection