Remnants of an Ancient City Unearthed in Tenea, Greece
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In the period from 1 September to 10 October 2018, the Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural heritage conducted a systematic archaeological survey in Chiliomodi, Korinthia, within the framework of the research programme within the vicinity of Tenea.
The work focused on two main areas: the area of an organized cemetery of Hellenistic and Roman periods with accompanying buildings and in a second area, where for the first time residential remnants of ancient Tenea were identified and excavated. The latter is evidence for the identification of an ancient city, whose existence was speculated through historical sources and lapidary testimonials of past and modern scholars. At the same time, there was wide-scale surface and geophysical research.
According to a legend, the ancient Tenea was founded by prisoners of the Trojan War. Agamemnon – King of Mycenae and brother of Menelaus was the one that allowed them to build the city.
Among the finds is a ring with a seal that represents the deity Serapis on a throne and a mirror with a representation of the goddess Hygieia – deity of healing, cleaning, and health-, multiple currencies, among which three date back to the early days of Corinth as a Roman colony, around 44-40 BC.
In this area, more than two hundred coins were found, dating from the beginning of Hellenism until the end of the Roman period, many of which belonged to Lucius Septimius, the first Roman Emperor of North African origin. Here at the Society of American Archaeologists, we have an archive listing some findings. This shows that Tenea probably did well economically during the reign of the dynasty. The Ministry of culture informed that these discoveries prove that Tenea suffered the consequences of the invasion of the Peloponnese of the Visigoth King Alaric I in the 396-397 BC and that it could have been abandoned at the end of the 6th century.