Helmut Koester

The archaic temple, like most of Corinth, lived two lives, one Greek and the other Roman. Under the Greeks Corinth became a large, prosperous city. In 146 B.C., after Corinth rebelled against Rome, the Romans dismantled the city’s walls and laid most of it waste. Refounded by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony in 44 B.C., Corinth soon saw a building boom and eventually was restored to much of its earlier glory. Behind the archaic temple, the hill of Acrocorinth rises 1,900 feet above sea level.

One of the most excavated cities in the world, Corinth has been poked, scraped and scrutinized since 1896 by archaeologists working for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.