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Temple of Artemis

According to ancient Greek writers, on the north coasts of Leros, “in a marshy area”, “Iokallis Parthenos”, this is how Artemis was called, was worshiped. The archaeological data confirm this, as to the south of the settlement Partheni, in the church of Agios Georgios that was built by more ancient archaeological elements, evidence of a chancel dedicated to Artemis was found. This evidence dates back to the Hellenistic Period. Nevertheless, the creation of an air corridor in the greater area made it really difficult for archaeologists to detect the exact position of this famous church of the Classical Period.

 

 

 

 

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The incident from the Greek mythology according to which the goddess of hunting transformed the four sisters of Meleager into hens is related to the worship of Artemis in Leros. 

 

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