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

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578122.001.0001

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Topographical and Architectural Analysis

Topographical and Architectural Analysis

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(p.70) 7. Topographical and Architectural Analysis
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Greek City Walls of the Archaic Period, 900–480 BC
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Rune Frederiksen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578122.003.0007

This chapter presents an analysis of the topography and architecture of pre-Classical city walls in an effort to answer questions regarding the manner of constructing the walls, the evolution of city wall architecture at a certain time period, the distinction between Early Iron Age and Archaic city walls, and the nature of settlements within these city walls as influenced by their topography and architecture. It begins with an investigation about Early Iron Age fortification walls which are usually located in coastal areas, followed by 7th-century walls, middle Archaic city walls, late Archaic city walls. It is necessary to recognize the difference between the Early Iron Age and Archaic city walls in order to thoroughly examine the architectural distinctions and formulate a conclusive generalization about these city walls.

Keywords:   Greek topography, pre-Classical architecture, Early Iron Age fortification, 7th-century walls, middle Archaic walls, late Archaic walls

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