The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens
Named after its donor, the King of Pergamon, the Stoa of Attalos was originally built around 150 B.C. Between 1953 and 1956 this long, columned, marble building was rebuilt by the American School of Classical Studies to store and display finds from the Agora excavations. Using original materials and techniques, the modern builders learned much about the construction and purpose of the stoa, a ubiquitous classical building type. This heavily illustrated account presents some of their findings.
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ACROPOLIS American School ancient Architect architectural ARCHITRAVE Athenian Agora Athens Attalos II base blocks bronze building capital carried carved CHANNELING citizens Classical Studies clear closed rooms COLUMN DRUM complete consisted cornice cuttings displayed donor doors DORIC COLUMN early east ENTABLATURE ERECTING excavation FAÇADE feet Width floor FLUTING foundations frieze Gods Greek HEADS HOUSE incorporated inner INSCRIPTION inside Ionic John Karneades King of Pergamon limestone lintel LOWER COLONNADE LOWER STOREY marble means meters METOPES Middle Miniature Minor monumental mortar movement Museum NORTH END once Openings original Outer period permit Piraeus principal rebuilt reconstruction recovered remains RESTORED revised Roman roof rose Royal ruins SANCTUARY School of Classical Sculpture second century B.c. secured served shelter side single SOUTH square statue Stoa of Attalos stone stood STREET Temple terrace thousand thresholds tiles UPPER COLONNADE variety VIEW wall