d Gate to Greece: Archaeological Museum, Corinth (Korinthos)
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Corinth Archaeological Museum
Roman mosaic

<Location> Inside Corinth Archaeological Site, Corinth, Greece.

The museum inside the archaeogical site (near the entrance) collects finds from Corinth, dating from Antiquity to early Byzantine period. Although it is not so big, as the quality is fairly good, expect to spend here at least half an hour.

Funerary Sphinx

Marble sphinx, 6th century BC (ca. 560-550). This kind of sphinx was often used as grave marker in archaic Greece, and, accordingly, sometimes called funerary sphinx.

Below left is an inscription datad between 500 and 450 BC., found near the Sacred Spring. It goes " [sanctuary] boundary. Do not descend. Fine 8 (obols?).

Below right is statue of Athena Archegetis found at the Odeion. Dated to the first century, but copied from an archaic model.

Archaic inscription Athena Archegetis

I failed to make a memo, and I don't remember what was this, but it probably belongs to the archaic period. The colours are well preserved.

Greek terracotta

Carsar Augustus


Above left is marble bust of Julius Caesar. The depiction of beard is rather clumsy.

Above right is statue of Augustus, found at the Julian Basilica. While the toga was elegantly sculpted, the face is not particularly attractive.

Right is the face of youthful Nero, also found at the Julian Basilica. This face is instead superbly executed.

Roman Mosaic

Floor mosaic from a Roman villa (also the top photo of this page). On the four corners of the square there are kantharoi and ivy, and at the middle is the head of Dionysos with ivy and fruits on his head. From the later second to the third century.

Sixth Century Inscription
Sixth century inscription of a certain Victorinus (IG 4.204). It beseeches the "Light from Light, True God from True God (expression from the Nicene Creed)" to protect the emperor Justinian, his servant Victorianos, and those who live in Greece according to God.


Guide plates on site.
Christopher Mee & Antony Spawforth, Greece. An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford/ OUP, 2001, pp. 150-151.

Related Links

Greek Ministry of Culture: Archaeological Museum of Corinth

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