Definition of acropolis in English:

acropolis

noun

  • 1A citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically one built on a hill.

    • ‘The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.’
    • ‘Copan has an acropolis, four kilometres of tunnels and a hieroglyphic stairway, providing historians and archaeologists with major sources of information.’
    • ‘Located on the acropolis at Lindos, the shrine of Athena is alleged to have been founded by the mythical king Danaos.’
    • ‘‘We suspect in antiquity the island was probably connected to the mainland and served as an acropolis, before subsequently being used as a fortress,’ said Mr Slope.’
    • ‘So, he and some of his men, and a large crowd of locals, all made their way to the acropolis and the wagon.’
    • ‘The perfect little brick acropolis is in the middle of the forest, and its mullions echo the rhythms of the surrounding dark tree-trunks.’
    • ‘The luxury goods found in the palace and the gold bowl from the acropolis have an archaeologically determined terminus ante quem of 1200-1180, the final destruction of the city.’
    • ‘In addition, two main temples were constructed on the acropolis, and a thriving seaport at present-day Minet el-Beida was located about half a mile away.’
    • ‘The gold bowl from the acropolis is also arranged around a central rosette in three concentric bands of figural representations separated by three ornamental bands.’
    • ‘There are remains of an acropolis located on a hillside with magnificent views.’
    • ‘This area was one of the first spots in the region in being inhabited and to become a town, only equaled by the acropolis of Tiryns and Mycenae.’
    • ‘General warfare did not immediately follow the Spartan seizure of the Theban acropolis, but diplomatic initiatives increased in intensity.’
    1. 1.1The ancient citadel at Athens, containing the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century bc.
      • ‘The palace is in the centre of the acropolis which is situated at the top of Perperikon and served to protect the hilltop.’
      • ‘For shelter, the Byzantine occupantslived in houses and caves built into the western slope of the acropolis.’
      • ‘This sanctuary was also the site for the Thesmophoria, a ten-day festival described later as celebrated ' in a garden ' on the acropolis (Pl.’
      • ‘Editor's Note: actually from the acropolis all you can see is athens… and that wont impress anybody…’
      • ‘Outstanding buildings constructed in the 5th-century rebirth of Athens include the PARTHENON and Erechtheum on the acropolis.’
      • ‘Judging by the well-preserved remains it has been inferred that within the acropolis there had been the temple of god Apollo and Dionysous as well as the hippodrome.’
      • ‘The NationalGeographic Society made a generous contribution toward the excavation of the acropolis and the theater.’
      • ‘Viewers send Mr Squiggleopoulos some sketches which he transforms into various views of the acropolis, thats if he isnt at soccer training.’
      • ‘Picture a cross between Machu Picchu and greek acropolis, all tumbled down.’
      • ‘It was located within the wall, on the lower slope of the acropolis, not far from a series of cisterns for collection of water.’
      • ‘Pericles was the force behind many of the buildings on the acropolis, including the Parthenon itself.’
      • ‘The acropolis and the temple area Little is left of the acropolis, which was the highest spot of the town.’
      • ‘If you have the time, you should take a donkey ride up to the ancient acropolis, with its restored Temple of Athena inside the Knights ' Castle.’
      • ‘A falling off of votives in the third century indicates either decline or that the worship of Demeter moved away from the Thesmophorion on the acropolis at that time.’
      • ‘The luxury goods found in the palace and the gold bowl from the acropolis have an archaeologically determined terminus ante quem of 1200-1180, the final destruction of the city.’
      • ‘It has been excavated several times and the main acropolis is cleared.’
      • ‘From the acropolis we have a sanctuary of Demeter and Kore while from the North Harbour area we have rich levels from the 6th century.’
      • ‘In addition, two main temples were constructed on the acropolis, and a thriving seaport at present-day Minet el-Beida was located about half a mile away.’
      • ‘The gold bowl from the acropolis is also arranged around a central rosette in three concentric bands of figural representations separated by three ornamental bands.’

Origin

Greek, from akron summit + polis city.

Pronunciation:

acropolis

/əˈkrɒpəlɪs/