Tainaron (Lakonia) 143 Tainaron - Ταίναρος

Ταίναρος - Tainaron, settlement and sanctuary, modern Cape Matapan or Tainaron in Lakonia Peloponnese
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Latitude: 36.401800
Longitude: 22.486700
Confidence: High

Greek name: Ταίναρος
Place ID: 364225STai
Time period: ACHR
Region: Peloponnese
Country: Greece
Department: Lakonia
Mod: Tainaron

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Modern Description: A promontory at the S tip of the center peninsula. The isthmus connecting with the mainland is flanked by two harbors, Psamathos (Amathous) on the E and Achilleus on the W. Pausanias saw there a temple resembling a cave with an image of Poseidon, and Plutarch mentions an oracle of the dead. The remains of the sanctuary, which served as a refuge for criminals, are near the Church of the Asomaton, which employed some of the blocks. The temple was partly cut from the rock and partly built with rough stones. A door on the N side opened into a passage that bisected the building, leaving large rooms on the E and W. Herakles was supposed to have dragged Kerberos from Hades through a cave nearby. On the W side of the peninsula at Kyparissos there was a settlement in the Roman Imperial period, nicknamed Caenopolis (New Town) but in official inscriptions called 'the town of the Tainarians.'; There are ancient remains in the vicinity which may indicate the sites of the Temple of Aphrodite and Megaron of Demeter mentioned by Pausanias. (M. H. MC ALLISTER)

Info: Princeton Encyclopedia

(Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, from Perseus Project)


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