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acropolis
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: akropolis
CATEGORY: feature
DEFINITION: (Greek akros (high, top) and polis (city)) The highest part, or citadel, of an ancient Greek town. The palaces and temples were situated on the acropolis, which was the most strongly defended part of a city. The best-known example is the Acropolis of Athens, where a number of temples were erected in the fifth century BC. They were also built upon hills in Italy and the colonies of Asia Minor.

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