The most impressive monument of ancient Aegeira is doubtless its hellenistic theatre, with a stagebuilding (skènè) with the bases for six colums which is clearly recognizable. Such a stagebuilding in later theatres often was modelled to resemble a palace facade. Remarkable is that the whole thatre has been cut directly into the bedrock, as is the theatre of Argos which is its closest parallel. The archaeological site lies a few kilometres from modern Aegeira (which is called by Pausanias Aegeira-on the coast) and offers – apart from the magnificent view over the Corinthian Gulf and the surrounding mountains – also the remains of two temples, one of which was dedicated to Zeus (protected by a roof against deterioration), with some subsidiary buildings. Of the statue of Zeus made by the Athenian sculptor Eucleides (from the 2nd century B.C.), which was mentioned by Pausanias, the more than lifesize head was recovered during the excavations. It is now on exhibition in the NAM in Athens. The remains on the acropolis are less impressive (photo under right). They consist mainly of the remains of houses from the late Mycenaean period and the archaic period. The finding of several terracotta female statuettes make it likely that the temple of Artemis, which is mentioned by Pausanias, once stood on the acropolis. The scarce remains of the city walls may be followed all around the acropolis, see map (from Papachatzis, click to enlarge).
The three coins depicted below were minted in Aegeira (source: Papachatzis) and show us some of the deities which are mentioned by Pausanias. Left, the statue of Zeus, which resembles rather closely the famous statue in Olympia. In the middle the goddess Tyche (Fate) , carrying the Horn of Plenty with before her the god Eros. Right the goddess Athena, depicted more or less like the famous Athena Parthenos by Pheidias..