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Greek City Walls of the Archaic Period, 900–480 BC

Rune Frederiksen


This book assembles all sources for Archaic city walls in the ancient Greek world, and argues that widespread fortification of settlements and towns, usually considered to date from the Classical period, in fact took place much earlier. The book discusses the types of fortified settlement and the topography of urban fortification, and also the preservation of structures from early settlements. It also presents an architectural history of Greek fortification walls before the Classical period, and makes the intriguing observation that early monumental architecture developed just as much in forti ... More

Keywords: Archaic city, ancient Greek world, urban fortification, Greek fortification, early temples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199578122
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rune Frederiksen, author
Senior Research Fellow, Danish Institute at Athens