Ancient Eliki

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Landscape Near Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Excavations in Ancient Eliki (Helike)

Landscape Next to Ancient Eliki (Helike)

The excavations of ancient Eliki (Helice) in Aigialia

Eliki (Helice) was an ancient Greek town at the Selinus River located at the southern end of the Gulf of Corinth near today`s Aigion (Egion). In 373 BC, a severe earthquake destroyed the town. Immediately afterwards, it disappeared into the sea. The writings of the historians Pausanias, Heridotus, Marcus Aurelius, Siculus and of Homer’s “Iliad” refer to Eliki.

The Elikonian Temple of Poseidon was located there and the centre for the worship of Poseidon, the god of the sea. The big bronze statue of Poseidon was the only thing to remain standing after the earthquake. In the Iliad, Poseidon is "patron of Helike". Pausanias wrote about Helice being the daughter of Selinos and Aigialia (later Achaia). She was married to Ion, son of the King of Athens, who named the town after her. The Greek historian Diodoru Siculus wrote that the city of Helice was "first among the towns of Achaia" before the earthquake. Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) wrote in his memoirs: "... and how many towns are totally dead, Helice, Pompeii and Herculaneum and countless others".

For many years archaeologists have been trying to locate the sunken city of Helice and were successful at many excavation sites. These findings are assigned to the archaeologists Dora Katsonopoulou and Steven Soter.