town of ancient Mantineia
with its walls, towers, agora, theatre and the rest
public buildings, was founded at the plain of Mantineia in Geometric and Archaic
period, while in prehistoric times it was situated on the acropolis "Gortsouli".
There, prehistoric structures and quite important sanctuaries of historic times,
have been revealed. In Roman period the site was called "Antigoneia".
Today the site in its full extent has been officially recognised
state property and archaeological area. Systematic excavations at Mantineia were
conducted by the French Archaeological School At Athens, at the beginning of the
century. They revealed the ancient theatre, dated to the end of the 4th century
B.C., the Bouleuterion and the Agora of Hellenistic and Roman date. Quite recently,
excavations conducted by the Greek Archaeological Service under the direction
of Dr. Th. Karagiorga and Dr. Th. Spyropoulos on the sites of "Gortsouli" and
" Tripehi", brought into light sanctuaries of historic period.
The most important monuments of the site are:
The ancient theatre of Early Hellenistic date (4th/3d century B.C.).
Remains of the ancient Agora with sanctuaries of Podaris.
Baths of Roman date.