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Athena's Temples and Sanctuaries
Latin: templum; sanctuarium
Buildings and sacred places dedicated to religious ceremonies or worship of the Goddess Athena.
Pausanias reports: They also worship Athena Alea, of whom they have a sanctuary and an image. (Paus. 8.9.6)
Pausanias reports: On the top of the citadel is built a temple of Athena, with an image gilt except the hands and feet; these and the face are of ivory. There is another sanctuary built here, of Athena Victory, and yet a third of Athena Aeantis (Ajacian). About the last the Megarian guides have omitted to record anything, but I will write what I take to be the facts. Telamon the son of Aeacus married Periboea the daughter of Alcathous; so my opinion is that Ajax, who succeeded to the throne of Alcathous, made the statue of Athena. (Paus. 1.42.4)
Pausanias reports: After Stymphalus comes Alea, which too belongs to the Argive federation, and its citizens point to Aleus, the son of Apheidas, as their founder. The sanctuaries of the Gods here are those of Ephesian Artemis and Athena Alea, and there is a Temple of Dionysus with an image. (Paus. 8.23.1)
There was also at Tegea a Sanctuary of Athena Poliatis (Keeper of the City).
Pausanias reports: There is at Tegea another sanctuary of Athena, namely of Athena Poliatis (Keeper of the City) into which a priest enters once in each year. This sanctuary they name Eryma (Defence) saying that Cepheus, the son of Aleus, received from Athena a boon, that Tegea should never be captured while time shall endure, adding that the goddess cut off some of the hair of Medusa and gave it to him as a guard to the city. (Paus. 8.47.5)
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