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Monumental Ionic capital

Monumental Ionic capital

Monumental Ionic capital

Limestone

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1992-208

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

This magnificent Ionic capital stood atop a 10-meter (33-foot) column in a public building constructed in Herod’s time - perhaps the basilica on the southern end of the Temple Mount. The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote that the basilica contained many large columns. However, according to his description, their capitals were Corinthian.