The Greek goddess Nemesis dealt out retribution against people who were arrogant before the gods, had received undeserved good fortune, or who had committed certain evil deeds. That’s why the discovery of a first century temple of Nemesis in Mytilene under a contemporary theater may seem a bit of a strange combination at first. But there’s a reason why the two archaeological features may have been deliberately put together.
Locating the Temple of Nemesis
The temple of Nemesis was unearthed under the ruins of an ancient theater in Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos. According to Greek Reporter, it was located under large limestone blocks on the theater’s south entry passage. It has been suggested that the choice to place the temple of Nemesis in this part of the theater was deliberate.
The lead excavator at the site, Pavlos Triantafyllides, explained that the temple of Nemesis is likely associated with the gladiator battles that used to take place in the theater’s orchestra area during Roman times. He said,