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Ancient Roman carnelian intaglio of a City goddess, in later ca 1860 French gold ring. Measurement of gem : 17 x 12 mm
According to custom, each ancient and archaic Greek polis would be dedicated to the worship of a particular city-state patron god, to whom the population would show reverence in addition to the god or gods of their own personal adherence. The patron gods of Greece are the equivalent of today’s patron saints.
A Greek temple in Ancient times would be dedicated to a certain deity. A typical temple would have a statue inside. An altar would be placed outside, upon which offerings would be placed as sacrifices to the city’s patron deity. The Parthenon is a famous example of an Ancient Greek temple.
Athena and Apollo are among the most common choices of patron gods of the ancient Greek cities.