The Erechtheion: The Sacred Tokens

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The soil that the Erechtheion was built on was known as the most sacred area of Acropolis. The start of The Erechtheion’s construction was in the Golden Age, 420 BCE and ended in 406 BCE and sadly only a couple years later, Athens fell to Sparta. The Erechtheion was built to house the religious rituals that another old building had. The eastern part of the Temple was dedicated to Athena, while the Western part was dedicated to the local hero Boutes, Hephaestus and the other Gods and heroes. The Erechtheion had many different functions like housing newer and older cults and was the site of the “Sacred Tokens”. These were the marks made by Poseidon and the Olive Tree. The Erechtheion also housed a statue of Athena made of olivewood, even
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