Marble Thassos

The Marble of Thassos has taken its name from the island of Thassos where it is also the place where it was mined by the ancient times.

White Marble of Thassos is ranked in the dolomite marbles and is known for its whiteness and its role in improving the energy performance of the buildings in which it is placed.

Today, White Marble of Thassos is exported in large quantities, mainly in Europe and Asia. Its main applications include sculpture, decorating and building monuments and buildings.

The White Marble of Thassos is available in the following categories:

  • Thassos Extra
  • Thassos A1
  • Thassos A2
  • Thassos A3
  • Thassos Commercial

Historically, this marble was discovered in Thassos by the Phoenicians who, since 24 BC, had transformed the island into a major shipping center.

The numerous ancient quarries that meet today on the island prove that there was a systematic and intensive exploitation of the marble. According to research findings of the French Archaeological School, the ancient quarries operated during the Ancient period, mainly during the Classical and Roman times, but also by the Byzantines.

The marble of the sea was white yellowish, with solid tissue and shiny, medium-sized crystals, considered to be a material of moderate quality, compared to other Greek marbles, but widely used by both Greeks and Romans. From this marble has been built Aphis of Galerius, in Thessaloniki.

In Thassos, white coarse marble came out of antiquity on the peninsula of Aliki, SE of the island, where one can see large volumes of marble, cut polyhedral. Also in Thassos, white marble was mined in the Cape of Fanari, on the NE side of the island, where the ancient quarries are still visible, as well as at the Vathi Cape above which the archaeologist W. Deonna saw in 1990 covered by carved marbles, vertebrae Columns, carnivorous members of arc-shaped stones. Traces of carving on the stones are still visible today in these places.

It is also known the quarry of Akkiraos, which was of a man of Thassos that at the end of the 6th century BC, built a tower at the cape of Pyrgos of Thassos.The tower was also his monument, as we learn from the inscription in his ruins: "I am the memory of Akiratos, son of Frasiridis, and I lie on the edge of the ship, saving sailing ships and sailors. To be happy" (Inscr. Graec, XII, 8, 683).

Thassian marble was exported to Samothraki, the neighboring islands, on the coasts of Asia Minor and in southern Greece. At the center of the Temple of the Great Gods in Samothraki, the Temenos, a rectangular enclosure built around 340 BC, perhaps a philanthropic place of Philip, had a propyla of Thassian marble. The superstructure of the dome, a building that Queen Arsinoe, legendary for its machinations, even against her own husband, king of Thrace, Lysimachos, dedicated to the Sanctuary in 288-281 BC, was also of Thassian marble.

In Rome later, the marble marble was imported in large quantities during the Imperial times, from the 1st century BC. Until the 3rd century AD. Pliny (Hist. Nat., XXXVI, 6, 64) writes that in Rome they loved the marbles of Thassos.

For Thassian marble there are many references to ancient texts: Vitruvius who writes in 25-23 BC. (De Architus X, II, 15) states that the shepherd Pikidaros, along with the inhabitants of Ephesus, decided to establish in the city sanctuary of Artemis. The marbles of the building would have brought them from Paros, Prekonisos, Iraklia and Thassos. Plutarch in the 1st century AD In his writting Parallel Bios (Cato, 11) writes that Cato made for his brother a monument of Thassian marble in Aenos of Thrace.

Seneca, who visited the mansion of the African Squirrel in Rome, appreciating the man's ethos and a simple home, fleshes (Epist. 86, 6) the modern, the gullible in the 1st century AD. for the wasteful, spiritual life they spent on how to decorate their homes with marble. "But who in our time could endure such an old-fashioned bathroom as Skipion? We consider ourselves poor and miserable if our pool is not invested with Thassian marble. " The Swapionian writer of the 1st century BC notes that the family grave of the Temples, where Neron was buried, was made of Thassian marble. Pausanias also touring Greece points out that before arriving at the temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, he met two statues of Adrian of Thassos marble.

Prices and Features: Marble Thassos

Category: White marble

Price: €49,60 / Per Unit

Availability: Available - Includes VAT

Length: 40cm - Width: 40cm

Thickness: 2cm - Kilo: about 8.80

Quantity: 1 pc = 0,16 square metres

Origin: Greece - Status: Not polished

Headquartered in Athens, we making deliveries throughout Greece and all around the world.

3 reasons to choose marble Thassos:

  • It is the most white marble that is marketed ... and when we say white we mean clean white without stains.
  • For orders over 25 square meters you will not be charged for trasport changes all over in Greece. We deliver to the agency you will give us. Easy and fast.
  • It is a marble that is subject to the greatest possible polishing that can get a marble. It literally shines.

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