AN elaborate network of wharves and quays has been unearthed at what was once the busy port for the Greek city of Corinth … where a Temple to Antinous was once located.
Experts have revealed and recorded at the location of the Ancient Lechaion harbor on the Gulf of Corinth in the Peloponnese.
The port facility served the hilltop city of Corinth ... seen in this splendid image by famed gay British illustrator Roger Payne.
The now-submerged port originally covered a sprawling total area of 2,750 square meters.
It stretched for 911 meters (3/4 mile) along the coast.
The entrance channel to the port lay on the harbor's eastern side, opening onto a dredged channel 30 feet (9 meters) wide … large enough for two vessels to pass safely, albeit snugly by one another.
The port played a pivotal role in Corinthian history, as it was located about 3 km west of Ancient Corinth and faced the West with its busy sea routes. The role of Corinth has been very important throughout antiquity.
It was a city fabled for its sorcerers and seers. To this day, tour guides like to warn visitors (in a jocular fashion) about the "curse" that lies over the ruins.
We know that a Temple to Antinous was located there because there is a documented record listing a man called Hostilius Marcellus as high priest of Antinous at Corinth.