New discoveries in the ancient Greek city of Tenea

New discoveries in the ancient Greek city of Tenea


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The excavations carried out in the ancient Greek city of Tenea, in the Peloponnese and which was built by Trojan prisoners of war, have revealed new and significant findings announced a few days ago by the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Among these discoveries huge baths dating from Roman times stand out.

The lost city of Tenea, which is mentioned in many Greek myths as well as historical texts, was discovered in October 2018.

One of the sources that mentions the existence of this city is the ancient legend of oedipus, mythical king of Thebes who, without knowing it, killed his father and married his mother.

This year, the team of archaeologists working in the ancient city led by Eleni Korka, discovered a 500-square-meter complex of bathroom facilities dating from the end of the 3rd century BC. until the middle of the 1st century BC.

Three of these areas present evidence that they once had hot water, and two of them finished in arches and with very well preserved clay floors. Even some of them still keep their original paint.

An ancient 15 meter deep well was found north of the baths, and next to it, an area where offerings, including miniature figures and containers, had been deposited. pointing out that it would be a site for religious use.

Other discovered objects include containers for the storage of aromatic oils and parts of statues dating from Hellenistic times.

The myth of Tenea

According to the myth, the city of Tenea was founded by the Trojans around the year 1100 B.C., its buildings being built by prisoners of the Trojan war.

The place was chosen because it was on the road between Corinth and the ancient settlement of Mycenae.

The stories say that Oedipus himself was raised here after being sent away by his parents when he was just a baby.

Tenea was for many years one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the Corinthian region, in the northern Peloponnese, but until 2018, it had not been possible to find out exactly its location or what was the reason for its decline and disappearance.

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