Doric temple (VIII,7,30-34)


Towards the western edge of the sacred area is a temple from the first half of the 6th cent. BC, remodeled several times, severely damaged by the 62 AD earthquake and fallen into disuse before the final eruption. Doric in style, it had 11 columns on the long side and 7 on the short side, surrounding the deep cell. Remaining are the steps of the base, a few capitals, and an off-center base on the east side of the cell, which may have corresponded to a similar one on the other side: it is therefore presumed to be dedicated to two divinities, Athena and Hercules - greatly worshiped among the Italic peoples - as also suggested by an Oscan epigraph found nearby and the antefixes that decorated the temple.
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