Lysikrates Monument

The Lysikrates Monument (335/334 B.C.). The monument consists of a tall limestone base (c. 4 meters tall), that is crowned with a cornice (a projecting ledge) of darker Eleusinian marble. Above this cornice, there are three steps of bluish marble from Mt. Hymettos. On top of the steps, most of the superstructure was made from Pentelic marble: 6 Corinthian columns, entablature (architrave, frieze and cornice), domed roof, and finial. Between the Corinthian columns were placed curved slabs of bluish Hymettian marble. The tall, projecting finial on the top would have supported the bronze tripod won by Lysikrates. It is also important to note that the Corinthiann columns on the building are the very first preserved examples of the Corinthian order used on the exterior of a Greek building.

There is a debate about whether the interior of the building was ever meant to be seen. One current hypothesis is that the central (east) curved panel was only added later, and that the orginal design included a statue (of Dionysos?) in the interior that could be seen from the Street of the Tripods. View from the southeast. Photo taken January 30, 2000.