Monument of Ptolemy II and Arsinoe, Sanctuary of Zeus (The Altis), Olympia, Greece
4th century BCE
This image shows the remains of the Monument of Ptolemy II and Arsinoe, which is located in front of the Stoa of Echo. Here stood gilded statues of the royal couple, which were erected on top of two Ionic columns at a height of 10 meters.
The East Stoa, or Stoa of Echo, was erected in the 4th century BCE, probably by Philip II. The Stoa was called "echo" because of its acoustics, and was also known as the Stoa Poikile from the paintings that adorned it. It had an inner and an outer Doric colonnade.
The sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia located in the western Peloponnese was, aside from Delphi, the most important sanctuary of ancient Greece. It owes its fame, both in antiquity and in modern times, to the Olympic games which took place in Olympia every four years bringing together the entire Greek world for peaceful competition.
The Archivision Collection of Ancient Sites was funded by the Jack Martin Balcer Library Endowment.
Keywords: Greece, Peloponnese, Ilias, Nomos, Olympia, Ancient Greek, Mediterranean.