Corinth Monument: West Shops
Collection:   Corinth
Type:   Monument
Name:   West Shops
Description:   The West Shops define the west end of the Roman forum. Twelve Shops, six either side of a broad staircase ascending to the entrance of Temple E’s precinct, had vaulted chambers parts of which still survive. The Corinthian capitals of the colonnade in front of the shops were particularly ornate. On each, in place of some of the acanthus leaves were carved a mask, variously a griffon, winged lion, a siren and human faces. In the late 4th century an earthquake did sufficient damage to the colonnade that it had to be repaired. Three blocks preserve an inscription commemorating the patronage of the Emperors Valentinian and Valens who caused the repairs to be made. The inscription dates either to A.D. 364-75 or A.D. 375-8 depending whether or not it refers to Valentinan I or Valentinian II.
Site:   Corinth
City:   Ancient Corinth
Country:   Greece
References:   Publication: Scranton, Corinth 1.3, 1951
Plans and Drawings (99)
Images (32)
Object: C 1960 54a