Corinth was completely destroyed in 146 BC by the Romans, as a result of a decision taken by the assembly of the Achaic League concerning war declaration against Spartans and Romans. After a series of mistakes made by the Corinthian leaders, the Romans conquered Corinth and slaughtered all men, enslaved the women and the children and set free all the slaves. Then, the plundered the city and finally they set it to fire.
That year sets a line that divides the historical monuments of Corinth into the pre-Roman and the ones that were constructed after Jesus Christ. The only pre-Roman ruins that have survived are the ruins of an archaic temple situated on the small hill of the Agora. The rest of the ruins belong to the era after Jesus Christ’s birth.
The area of the Agora has been being excavated since 1896 by the American Archaeological School of Athens and they have brought to light several ancient buildings.