THOLOS | ΘΟΛΟΣ
Asclepius was a much – worshiped ancient Greek god of health and well – being. Continuous warfare and misery in the fourth and third centuries BC led people to seek more and more protection and help from Asclepius, the philanthropist god, making his sanctuary one of the richest of its time. Several important buildings were erected in his (as was known) birth place in Epidaurus, among them was Tholos.
Plan: circular building with outer colonnade of 26 Doric columns and inner colonnade of 14 Corinthian columns. Leading to the east entrance, which had windows at either side, was a ramp over the three – stepped platform. Beneath the floor of Tholos was a labyrinth reached by a hole in the center of the floor.
History: Also known as the Thymele, the activities of the cult of the Hero Asclepius took place here and the labyrinth below may have housed sacred snakes. Pausanias wrote that Polykleitos the Younger was the architect. The building had elaborately carved architectural elements and fine paving of black and white limestone.
That’s the story behind the screen printed design on our iconic bag.
“Tholos” bag was made out of the collaboration of two new launched Greek Designer Companies: Summer Me and Pareaki.
In an attempt to combine the contemporary style with the legacy and history of Greece we created a tote bag made of canvas, towel and handles of leather, featuring one of the most known and beautiful top views of an ancient Greek temple.