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Greek Temenos (τέμενος[1], from the Greek verb τέμνω "to cut") (plural = temene) is a piece of land cut off and assigned as an official domain, especially to kings and chiefs, or a piece of land marked off from common uses and dedicated to a god, a sanctuary, holy grove or holy precinct: The Pythian race-course is called a temenos, the sacred valley of the Nile is the Νείλοιο πῖον τέμενος Κρονίδα, the Acropolis is the ἱερὸν τέμενος (of Pallas). A silver coin of the Seleucid king Antiochus I Soter. ... Anax is an ancient Greek word for king. It was one of two Greek titles traditionally translated this way, the other being basileus. ... Look up Grove, grove in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... View of the stadium of the Delphi sanctuary, used for the Pythian Games. ... The Nile (Arabic: النيل an-nÄ«l, Ancient Egyptian iteru) is a river in Africa, often regarded as the longest river on Earth, although some sources claim the Amazon in South America is longer. ... Pallas Athena. ...

For example, Olympia is the temenos of Zeus. There were many temene of Apollo, as he was the patron god of settlers.


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Inspired by the timeless simplicity of the Greek islands, Temenos defines a truly refined and unhurried way of life.
At Temenos you will find yourself amidst architecture influenced by Greece and a landscape that is inspired by the natural beauty of the Caribbean islands.
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Supervised by Joseph J. Basile in 1998, Trench 52 was a large trench devoted to the excavation of the East Exedra and the Eastern Colonnade to the north.
Completely excavated, therefore, in the Lower Temenos was the elegantly-buttressed East Exedra, which unlike its counterpart in the west (the West Exedra) was found to be appointed with interior benches and a central podium, which may have served for the placement of statuary.
This semi-circular structure is preserved to a 5.8-m height, a 12.4-m exterior width, a 6.7-m interior width, and a 5.4-m depth from the double entry columns to its rear wall.
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