Stoa of Eumenes & Asclepion

Ruins in Acropolis Area

Image by Marissa Tejada Lonely Planet

From the stage of the Theatre of Dionysos, the path leads uphill and west to the top of the long Stoa of Eumenes, a colonnade built by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum (197–159 BC), as a shelter and promenade for theatre audiences. Above the stoa, against the hillside, the Asclepion is a temple that was built around a sacred spring.

The worship of Asclepius, the physician son of Apollo, began in Epidavros and was introduced to Athens in 429 BC, when plague was sweeping the city – people sought cures here.


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