Ancient Himera’s Colorful Lions

This recreation of the lion gutters of the Temple of Victory at the site of the ancient city of Himera on Sicily’s north coast illustrates the vibrant colors that the ancient Greek temples throughout the island once possessed. The Temple of Victory was built in the 5th century BCE to celebrate the monumental Greek victory over the Cartheginians in 480 BCE. The original polychrome colors may be seen on one of the lion gutters that was recovered during the excavations of 1929/1930. So, when you are at Agrigento looking at the Temple of Hera (Juno) and Temple of Concordia, keep this image in mind.