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Pergamum: Temple of Athena



The sanctuary of Athena was located on the top of the acropolis. It consisted of a temple and a sacred area. The monumental gate to the sanctuary is shown at the right. The inscription on it reads, "King Eumenes to Athena Bringer of Victory." The frieze in the central part of the gateway shows shields and weapons taken as booty from the Pergamene victory over the Galatians, who were a neighboring people to the east.




The statue of Athena shown at the left stood in the north hall of the sanctuary. She is depicted in a manner that connotes strength and wisdom.