Northwest Stoa

History of Construction and Use

In the Augustan period a large east-west stoa was constructed on the north side of the forum towards its northwest corner. At its eastern end the stoa was built on top of an earlier and smaller Hellenistic stoa. The Roman stoa measured approximately 101 m. in length and 9.20 m. in width. The exterior colonnade of the stoa consisted of 47 Doric columns and the internal order was Ionic. The back wall was built against Temple Hill to the north and the end walls terminated in antae behind the end columns of the Doric colonnade. The foundations for a staircase to the west of the west end of the building show that there was a second story to the building.

Restored plan of the Northwest Stoa in Corinth, A.D. 150. Figure 1. Restored plan of the Northwest Stoa in Corinth, A.D. 150.

Bibliography

Stillwell, R. Corinth I, ii, Architecture, “The Northwest Stoa and Shops,” Cambridge, 1941, 89-130.
Williams, C.K. II, “Excavations at Corinth, 1968,” Hesperia 38 (1969), 52-55, pls. 16-17.