Old the Bouleutérion - also called Métrôon - is presented in the form of a practically square building, measuring 23 meters on side.
It is supposed that it had five interior supports, but no trace was found by it. It is the plan, the size and the site of the building which made it possible to identify this one as being old Bouleutérion, where met the Bouleutes, and dating from the time of Clisthène.
After the construction of new Bouleutérion, the old building preserves nevertheless certain functions, although limited. As from fifth century BC, whereas the Ball still meets in this place, the building is also used for the conservation of the files of the Cité. These files will remain in old Bouleutérion, even when the Ball does not meet there more. At this point in time the building receives a new name: Métrôon, sanctuary dedicated to Rhéa, mother of the gods of Olympe. In 140 av. J. - C., the old complex is finally replaced by a new construction set up above Métrôon.
Bouleutérion and Métrôon
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