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Ancient Mediterranean Studies


This paper is a tripartite study of the topography of the polis of Eresos in southwest Lesbos, addressing three specific problems. The first part provides a topographical discussion of the previously ignored chora of the Archaic polis, considering the possible definition of the marginal areas of the polis territory. The second part is a reexamination of the evidence for the ancient shoreline at Eresos and the position of the acropolis in relation to the coast. The third section discusses the extensive remains of ancient agricultural terracing on the hills around Eresos and comments on their relevance for the local wine industry in antiquity.


This item was originally published in American Journal of Archaeology, 98(3): 411-430. © 1994 Archaeological Institute of America