National Geographic : 2016 Jul
greece, gods, and the Great Beyond 117 PATHOFTHEINITIATES Stoa Initiates are believed to have slept here during multiday visits. Graffitied inscriptions of their names lined the walls of the longest building in the sanctuary. Neorion This building displayed an entire ship, most likely captured in battle and offered to the gods by the victor. Theater Cut into a hillside, the theater hosted both public performances and cult dramas, in which stories of the Samothracian gods and heroes were enacted. Winged Victory Discovered in 1863 and now in the Louvre, this prominent statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, was mounted on a sculpture of a ship. It likely commemorated a naval victory of the second century B.C. 3. Hieron The initiates would round a corner and enter this large building with long benches along its walls and a curved apse at the back. The cult initiation rites probably culminated here. JASON TREAT, NGM STAFF. ART: JAIME JONES 3-D MODELING: MICHAEL MUSKER, NVIS360; KYLE THAYER SOURCE: BONNA WESCOAT, EMORY UNIVERSITY 3-D MODELING OF SAMOTHRACE FOR THIS GRAPHIC WAS FUNDED IN PART BY YOUR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP. Walk through a 3-D reconstruction of Samothrace at natgeo.com/samothrace.