Didyma

Ancient sanctuary, south of Miletus in modern Turkey.

Its temple, the seat of an oracle of Apollo, was plundered by the Persians с 494 BC and resanctified after Alexander the Great conquered Miletus in 334 BC. About 300 BC the Milesians began to build a new temple, but it was never completed; the well-preserved remains were excavated in the early 20th century.

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▪ ancient site, Greece
also called  Didymi, or Branchidae,  

      ancient sanctuary and seat of an oracle of Apollo, located south of Miletus in modern Turkey. Before being plundered and burned by the Persians (c. 494 BC), the sanctuary was in the charge of the Branchids, a priestly caste named after Branchus, a favourite youth of Apollo. After Alexander the Great conquered Miletus (334), the oracle was resanctified; the city administered the cult, annually electing a prophet. About 300 BC the Milesians began to build a new temple, intended to be the largest in the Greek world. The annual festival held there, the Didymeia, became Panhellenic in the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Excavations made between 1905 and 1930 revealed all of the uncompleted new temple and some carved pieces of the earlier temple and statues.

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