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by Archaeology Newsroom

The temple of Demeter

Demeter, goddess of fertility of the earth, was also venerated in Dion as in most Greek sanctuaries. Demeter’s temple was discovered in 1973 a few meters away from the town walls of Dion. The older edifices are two small

temples of the sixth century BC, that were replaced by two larger ones in the early Hellenistic period. Meticulous research through the layers of destruction produced a late fourth century BC.marble head of the goddess, a number of sculptures, an abundance of clay idols, pottery, coins and jewels. The sanctuary was repaired in the Roman period and its life lasted until the fourth century AD.