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

Hardcover | June 21, 2011

byRune Frederiksen

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In this fully illustrated study, Rune Frederiksen assembles all archaeological and written sources for 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 muchearlier. Frederiksen discusses the types of fortified settlement and the topography of urban fortification, and also the preservation of structures from early settlements. He also presents an architectural history of Greek fortification walls before the Classical period, and makes the intriguingobservation that early monumental architecture developed just as much in fortifications as it did in early temples. This underlines the importance of the secular sphere for the development of early communities across the Greek world.

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In this fully illustrated study, Rune Frederiksen assembles all archaeological and written sources for 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 muchearlier. Frederiksen discusses the types of fortifi...

Dr. Rune Frederiksen is Senior Research Fellow at the Danish Institute at Athens.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.98 inPublished:June 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578125

ISBN - 13:9780199578122

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Types of fortification3. City walls in the written record and the visual arts4. Preservation of city walls5. The archaeology of city walls6. Dating city walls7. Architectural and topographical analysis8. The prevalence of city walls in Early Iron Age and Archaic GreeceCatalogue of city walls