Destruction of the Temple of Cybele

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Cybele was a popular diety in ancient Anatolia and was even worshipped in parts of mainland Greece. Athens most noteably evoked her as a protector of the city.


The Greek destruction of the temple of Cybele is claimed by Herodotus to be an accident caused from a fire started by one of the Greek soldiers which spread out of control and engulfed much of Sardis. This event is important during the Greco-Persian Wars because the Persians will use this event to legitimize their reasons for destroying many sacred Greek temples during the course of the war.