Selinus is a city-state in Greece that had various temples constructed from the 6th to 5th century BCE. Temple E, dedicated to Hera, was built in the 5th century BCE and has a peristyle of 25.33 wide x 67.82 metres long with six columns at the front (hexastyle) and fifteen on the long sides. The columns are each 10.19 metres high with numerous traces of stucco which originally covered them.
The sculptured metopes of Temple E were made of limestone covered with plaster, while marble inserts for heads, hands, and feet of female figures were also added – this creation is called acrolithic sculpture. One interesting aspect about Selinus’ temples is that they only made use of Classical Doric style together with Temple E- there had not been prior usage before its construction in the eastern sanctuary dedicated to Hera (ca.470-ca.450BCE; stylobate:25:32 x67:74 m)
Clemente Marconi recently provided insight on how Greek temples used figural decoration during the archaic period through his study of archaic metopes found at Selinus temple specifically focusing on Temple E’s Metopes’. Overall what we know about Selinus suggests they played an important role in classical times as shown by their exquisite constructions like Temple E dedication to Hera; truly a piece representing Greece’s exceptional architectural marvels which are still influencing designs around the world today!