Euonymon Krater 725 BC

Hidden Treasure at Euonymon

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The huge krater shown here is one of the many valuable finds from the ancient town of Euonymon located just 4 miles southeast from the center of Athens. Made about 725 BC, it was produced by the artisans who had been working here since Neolithic times. This was a thriving center during Mycenaean times as well as the golden age of Greece. Euonymon was one of the largest towns to be a member of the Athens city-state, and sent ten representatives to the city council. This means it had about the same size and influence as the port of Piraeus and the town of Eleusis — center of the Eleusinian Mystery cult.

Other treasures found here include a unique rectangular theatre dating from Classical times, which I was able to explore on a recent visit to Euonymon. It was easy to find, being on Archeou Theatrou street. More finds were made when the nearby Alimos metro station was being built in 2006, as well as six blocks north of there surrounding the intersection of Dim. Gounari street and the Leof. Vouliagmenis highway. A couple blocks west of the archaic theatre is a high point of land that was believed to have been the acropolis of Euonymon, given that several ancient walls have been found there.

But all the rest of the treasures of Euonymon are still deeply buried here. So many other sites in Greece are already being excavated or are having preservation activities done on them that there are no funds left to find and bring to museums the rest of what is buried at this fabulous site. Hopefully its day will come. In the meantime, all we have are the titillating and beautiful finds that have been made so far.

 

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