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akropoleis

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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /æˈkɹɒ.pɒ.lɛɪz/

Noun

akropoleis pl.

  1. Alternative spelling of acropoleis.
    • 1877: Charles Sankey, The Spartan and Theban Supremacies, p83
      But the harmost and the Spartan garrison still retained their hold on their Akropoleis, or citadels, as a guarantee that Spartan interests should suffer no serious injury.
    • 1983: William R. Everdell, The End of Kings: a history of republics and republicans, p31
      The sacred fire, emblem of common, patrilineal ancestry, was kept perpetually burning on the akropoleis of a thousand cities, focusing (“focus” was the Roman word for this flame) the loyalty of a still tribal people.
    • 1996: Mogens Herman Hansen & Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Introduction to an Inventory of ‘poleis’: Symposium August, 23–26, 1995, pp35–36
      So the use of the word polis to designate an akropolis was probably restricted to akropoleis that were centres of human habitation. On the other hand, the akropoleis which were called poleis did not have to be the centres of a polis in the political sense of the term, as were e.g. the akropoleis of Athens or Korinth.
    • 2003: Alan Harvey, Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire, 900–1200, p207
      Most of the new towns developed on hilltops using the materials from ancient akropoleis.

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