Venerating Gods and Heroes

The Corinthians were exceptionally pious, as excavation finds testify. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the ruins of temples and sanctuaries, ceremonial vessels and votive offerings that “revive” the city’s religious life. The Corinthians worshiped Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Demeter and Kore, Hera, Poseidon, Asklepios (the god of medicine). They even venerated the city’s mythical heroes, such as Bellerophon and the children of the sorceress Medea, Mermeros and Pheres. The ceremonies and festivals included music, processions, theatrical and athletic competitions, ceremonial events and, of course, offerings to the gods.n4b-21