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The Fortifications of Epicnemidian Locris

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This chapter talks about the fortifications of epicnemidian locris. The authors have used the possible style of the walls of the known sites, where they fit in with the traditional chronological sequence: uncoursed polygonal, "Lesbian" polygonal, trapezoidal isodomic, isodomic ashlar, mortar and tile, the dating established for the neighbouring regions, Opuntian Locris, Malis, Thessaly, Phocis and Boeotia, thus setting Epicnemidian Locris in its superregional context, and, finally, the interpretation of the historical vicissitudes that afflicted the region. Within the usual classification of styles of Greek walls, several are apparently absent in Epicnemidian Locris, or if they ever existed, nothing remains today. They refer to the uncoursed polygonal, pseudo-isodomic and isodomic ashlar with headers interposed in the courses, the latter two styles dating principally to the Hellenistic period.

Keywords: Epicnemidian Locris; fortifications; Hellenistic period; Lesbian polygonal style



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