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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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The Prevalence of City Walls in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece

The Prevalence of City Walls in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece

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(p.103) 8. The Prevalence of City Walls in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece
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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/9780199578122.003.0008

This chapter analyses the evidence on the existence of fortification walls during the Early Iron Age and Archaic period. The analysis is divided into two segments: one is the collection of evidence from the period before 600 BC or the Mycenaean period, and the other is from 600 BC to 479 BC or the Archaic period. The chapter examines the city walls in terms of geographical distribution and the number of settlements and walls along with its corresponding type of source. The affirmation of these evidence of early city walls may not entirely determine the emergence of the polis (city-state) but they may be used to detect the existence of early urbanization.

Keywords:   Early Iron Age, Archaic period, Mycenaean period, city walls, fortification walls, polis

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