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Temple- of- Hecate- at- Lagina

Hectate with her Dog

Hectate with her Dog


This Temple is actually located outside of Greece – it’s in Turkey; although she is a Greek Goddess, and is even still worshipped today. The Temple of Hecate Lagina “is located along the western edge of the Marsyas valley, the main north-south route connecting the towns of Tralles in the Maeander valley, with Alabanda, Stratonikeia, Pisye, and Idyma in the Bay of Keramos.


Social-political: Lagina lies within the territory of the settlement at Koranza; the sanctuary of Apollo and Artemis, principle sanctuary at Koranza, is a few hundred meters to the northwest.”

The Temple is built in several different styles – it has 4 Ioanian columns, which sonnect by a door to a stoa.

From the monumental entrance gate to the altar, there are ten rows of steps leading to the stone-paved road.


The temple,is encircled with five rows of steps. They are located on an Attic Ionian pedestal, with single row of columns with Corinthian capital at the center of the sanctuary. The temple is built in the Corinthian style.”


Hecate is a Pre-Olympian Greek Goddess ( in some myths said to be the daughter of two Titans, and left alone by Zeus when asked to join the other on Olympus; she also assisted Demeter in her search for her daughter Persephone (or saved depending on which version you read) who had many has many powers and oversees many things. In reading many sites and various books I have, the most common ones are She was associated with the crossroads – which shows her as a Triple Goddess as the Crone, a symbol of the waning of life( which is incorrect if you really think about it in regards to the fertility and childbirth connection) and moving onto the next - passing through the veils if you like; also associated with the lower world, nighttime and the moon, ghosts and spirits, magic, witches, sorcery, enchantments, magical charms and also known as the Invincible Queen or a Dark Goddess. As long as you are respectful to her she is fair and kind back. She is also a fertility Goddess; protector of women and children and disperses justice fairly. Many animals are associated with her; dogs are the best known,( some depictions on vases show Cerberus) and if you stand at a crossroads you may be able to hear the hellhounds or a dog barking or howling. SHe does have a day which is dedicated to her, referred to as Hecate Trivia, the night of the Crossroads, held on November 30.

Works Cited:

The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism




Hecate with her horse and dog

Hecate with her horse and dog

Goddess Hectate - One Pagan's Perspective

© 2014 Jennifer B


Jennifer B (author) from Seacoast NH on November 17, 2019:

Majority of studies (that I have come across) show that Hekate comes across of Greek origin.

In actuality, no one is 100% sure of Her origins; & the following of Her in Thrace was very popular. This was a paper to be done within a week timeframe - only so much I could add on details at that time.

As someone who has been a Witch for over 27 years & Hekate is one of two who I "follow" (for lack of better terms at this moment); I can suggest numerous books on Her for further reading.

Ozan on November 16, 2019:

She is not a Greek Goddess, she is Thracian and Anatolian Goddess. Her roots way too old in the history. She is a complex Goddess. You can find her roots even in Egypt if you seek.