Amphiaraos is one of the less known deities of ancient mythology. Nevertheless, he was popupal enough to have twelve temples and sanctuaries dedicated to him. His popularity was attributed to his powers as a healer and a seer.
According to myth, he was not born, but emerged from a spring, located near his temple, in the vicinity of Oropos. He participated in the expedition of the Argonauts, and later in the siege of Thebes by the Argeans where Zeus himself intervened saving Amphiaraos’s life.
The most important temple dedicated to Amphiaraos is Amphiareion, located in a gorge on the border of Attica and Boeotia. An ancient theatre with a capacity of 3,000 dominates the area. Notice the five white marble seats around the scene, with sculpted decoration and epigraphs. The temple is located in the vicinity of a spring, mentioned in the myth of Amphiaraos. It was built in the Doric style in the 4th century BC. Most of the ruins in the area were dated to 6th century BC.
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