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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Twenty-five km W of Timbaki, a Classical and Hellenistic city. Traces
of Minoan, Geometric, and archaic occupation of the site have been found, but
the most extensive settlement and most of the visible remains belong to the 5th
to the 3d c. B.C. An inscription from the site, assigned to the late 4th c. B.C.,
carries the implication that the city was at that time an independent state.
The city was situated on a small hill and the E slopes below it and,
to judge from surviving house and terrace walls, covered an area of about 1.5
hectares. The defenses of the city are still clearly visible on the N side, where
a massive wall 3 m thick runs straight for over 100 m. From it project two semicircular
towers, each about 6 m in diameter and 40 m apart. At the W end of the wall is
another circular tower, twice the size of the central towers, while the E corner
tower is rectangular in shape and of a different build.
K. Branigan, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites,
Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from
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