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Cumae was founded by Ionians from Euboea around 750. Cumae had a Temple to Apollo and Sibyline oracle that channeled Apollo. In Greece, Apollo and its oracle became active in the eighth century. It wasn't a pan-Hellenic god, however, until after the Lelantine War (c. 720-650)

When was the Cumaean temple to Apollo created? Would it have been the religion of the founding Cumaeans, or did it come at a later date?

I will throw something more into the question for fun. What happened to the temple of Apollo in Oscan Cumae c. 421-338?

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    That's a good question. The Temple of Apollo was excavated back in 1912, so I'm not sure how accurate their dating of the temple's foundation would have been. – sempaiscuba Aug 22 '17 at 3:03
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    At first I thought "surely this is no more than a 5 minute search in Google?", but as it turns out... nope! I tried several languages and there seems to be no definite source that gives more than a vague "8th to 6th century BC". – Marakai Aug 22 '17 at 4:59
  • Did you at least find a source that discusses it? – John Dee Aug 22 '17 at 5:25
  • I can't even find the date that Cumae was founded. Most Greek colonies have an exact date. – John Dee Aug 22 '17 at 22:43
  • This links states that Cyme/Cumae was founded no later than mid 8th century BC. Griechische Geschichte von den Anfängen bis in die Gegenwart, Part 3, Volume 4 – Marakai Aug 23 '17 at 6:03

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