Why is this temple dedicated to both deities? I can't find a connection between them in either myth or theme.

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    Some nervous Greeks were covering all their bases? Mar 2, 2016 at 18:26
  • I don't have any sources, but straight off the bat I can tell you that it has to do with the tides. That is basically the only connection between the moon and water.
    – bleh
    Mar 2, 2016 at 22:06
  • But there are no perceptible tides in the eastern Mediterranean.
    – Peter
    Mar 3, 2016 at 18:46
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    A different hypothesis: a poorer Greek polis might dedicate a temple to both its patron deity and to a second god (unrelated in 'myth and theme'). Smaller communities obviously didn't have the resources to build separate temples for all the pantheon.
    – Peter
    Mar 3, 2016 at 18:53

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Well, it was a temple that just had two separate reasons to be built.


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Since Poseidon was involved in Athens-Elusis relationship, and Artemis was the Propylaea(1) of Eleusis, so they made one temple to honor both of them.

(1) prop·y·lae·um- the entrance to the Acropolis at Athens.

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