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Listed 6 sub titles with search on: Archaeological sites for destination: "AVDIRA Port XANTHI".

Archaeological sites (6)

Ancient acropoles

Polystylon (Abdera)

AVDIRA (Ancient city) XANTHI

Ancient towns


By D. Lazarides

Bibliography: Abdera & Dikaia. D.Lazarides. 1971 Athens

By D. Lazarides

DIKEA (Ancient city) AVDIRA
Bibliography: Abdera & Dikaia. D.Lazarides. 1971 Athens

Neolithic settlements

Agios Athanassios

AVDIRA (Small town) XANTHI
Ceramics from the settlement of Neolithic age till Early Iron age on the height of Agios Athanassios.

Perseus Site Catalog


AVDIRA (Ancient city) XANTHI
Region: Thrace
Periods: Archaic, Classical, Roman, Byzantine, Geometric
Type: Fortified city
Summary: A coastal city on Cape Bulustra, E of Kavalla.

Physical Description:
The city had two harbors, the larger one protected by a mole and city fortification walls. The walls extended ca. 5.5 km and enclosed a city designed on the Hippodamian grid system in the 4th century B.C. Houses of the Hellenistic and Roman period survive, as do the theater, Roman baths and a terracotta figurine workshop. Byzantine fortifications have obscured earlier remains on the acropolis.
   Traditionally founded by Herakles, Abdera was in fact a 7th century B.C. colony of Klazomenai which was reestablished in the 6th century by Ionians refugees from Teos. It fell under Persian control in 490 B.C. and later became a member of the Delian League. Philip II conquered the city in ca. 350 B.C. and in 196 B.C. Rome declared it a free city. The city suffered two major destructions: in 376 B.C. at the hands of the Thracian tribe of the Triballi and in 170 B.C. by a Roman force. Abdera was famed for the beauty of its coinage and as the birthplace of Democritus and Protagoras. Although occupied into the Byzantine period it had lost all political importance during the Roman Imperial period.
Excavations began 1950 by D. Lazarides for the Greek Archaeological Service.

Donald R. Keller, ed.
This text is cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains 15 image(s), bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.

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