The city of Argos lies in the southern part of the Argive plain, three miles from the sea, and at the foot of the Larissa hill. It was inhabited from prehistoric, through classical and Hellenistic to Frankish and Turkish times. Extensive remains of the classical and Roman city have been found. These include the late Roman baths and it is in this area that remains of cipollino marble are to be found. The Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique speaks of ‘un fūt de colonne intact en marbre de Carystos et trois statues’. The ‘colonne intact’ is possibly the one lying horizontal in the baths area which measures approximately .59 m. /2 Rf in diameter and 4.14 m. /14 Rf long, with a collar at one end (Plate 3.13). There are also other less complete pieces. Below the theatre and south east of the walls of the baths there is a cipollino column split into many pieces which also measures .59 m. /2 Rf in diameter and approximately 2.94 m. /10 Rf in length (Plate 3.14). Another small fragment measures .52 m. /1.75 Rf in diameter and is just over 1 m. /3.37 Rf in length. It is numbered 84 (Plate 3.15). South east of the first two columns mentioned, two more incomplete columns are lying together almost at right angles. They are numbered 194 and 195 and are .48 m. /1.6 Rf in diameter at the widest end (with collars) and 2.7 m. /9 Rf long (Plate 3.16). There are two other pieces on the site, one 1.05 m. /3.5 Rf long, numbers 205 and another numbered 193; no further details available.

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Maps and Plates

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Plate 3.13 One cipollino column in the baths area, Argos.

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Plate 3.14 One broken cipollino column south east of the walls of the baths, Argos.

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Plate 3. 15 A small fragment of cipollino, numbered 84, Argos.

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Plate 3.16 Two incomplete columns of cipollino, lying nearly at right angles, Argos.