Definition of acropolis in English:

acropolis

noun

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

    • ‘Demeter was also an acropolis divinity at Lepreon, Mytilene, and Iasos, but it is not likely that she played a central political role in any of these cities.’
    • ‘Located on the acropolis at Lindos, the shrine of Athena is alleged to have been founded by the mythical king Danaos.’
    • ‘Many acropolis sanctuaries of Demeter, like those at Eretria and Corinth, were at some distance from the agora.’
    • ‘General warfare did not immediately follow the Spartan seizure of the Theban acropolis, but diplomatic initiatives increased in intensity.’
    • ‘There are remains of an acropolis located on a hillside with magnificent views.’
    • ‘Last year a stylish new auditorium was opened alongside this Hellenic-style acropolis, one of the finest neo-classical houses in the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We drive to Bergama, 45 minutes away, past women working side by side in the fields, and wind up steep streets to the acropolis high above the noisy town.’
    • ‘As with an acropolis, the position of various structures is dictated not by orthogonal symmetry but by the logic of the individual stroller moving through the space.’
    • ‘On the acropolis is a smaller walled-in area where a ruined Byzantine chapel lies over the foundations of the Temple of Athena.’
    • ‘The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.’
    • ‘Like most Greek cities, Corinth had an acropolis, called Acrocorinth, which was used as a place of defense and for pagan worship.’
    • ‘Short excursions from the city take you to the ancient cities of Lindos, with its temple of Athena on its acropolis overlooking the sea.’
    • ‘There is evidence of religious significance in the buildings, and what is called the temple was the royal residence and served as a sort of acropolis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city's monuments date mostly from the Hellenistic period and include the acropolis, an Apollo temple and an agora.’
    • ‘Copan has an acropolis, four kilometres of tunnels and a hieroglyphic stairway, providing historians and archaeologists with major sources of information.’
    • ‘The perfect little brick acropolis is in the middle of the forest, and its mullions echo the rhythms of the surrounding dark tree-trunks.’
    • ‘They have built a virtually impregnable fortress; it is a high place, an acropolis.’
    • ‘So, he and some of his men, and a large crowd of locals, all made their way to the acropolis and the wagon.’
    • ‘At the time of his death he was working on material he had excavated outside the acropolis walls at Mycenae.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘To the side of Pigadia is a rocky hill where the Minoan acropolis of Karpathos was built in ancient times.’
    • ‘An acropolis protected by stone walls lay at the centre.’
    • ‘Phespirit never came across an acropolis or an Apollo temple or an agora.’
    • ‘Built on the ruins of ancient and Byzantine remains with parts of the walls which once surrounded the acropolis on the hill.’
    1. 1.1 The ancient citadel at Athens, containing the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century BC.
      • ‘Viewers send Mr Squiggleopoulos some sketches which he transforms into various views of the acropolis, thats if he isnt at soccer training.’
      • ‘This sanctuary was also the site for the Thesmophoria, a ten-day festival described later as celebrated ' in a garden ' on the acropolis (Pl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The NationalGeographic Society made a generous contribution toward the excavation of the acropolis and the theater.’
      • ‘The palace is in the centre of the acropolis which is situated at the top of Perperikon and served to protect the hilltop.’
      • ‘Editor's Note: actually from the acropolis all you can see is athens… and that wont impress anybody…’
      • ‘It was located within the wall, on the lower slope of the acropolis, not far from a series of cisterns for collection of water.’
      • ‘The acropolis and the temple area Little is left of the acropolis, which was the highest spot of the town.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has been excavated several times and the main acropolis is cleared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pericles was the force behind many of the buildings on the acropolis, including the Parthenon itself.’
      • ‘For shelter, the Byzantine occupantslived in houses and caves built into the western slope of the acropolis.’
      • ‘Picture a cross between Machu Picchu and greek acropolis, all tumbled down.’

Origin

Greek, from akron ‘summit’ + polis ‘city’.

Pronunciation

acropolis

/əˈkrɒpəlɪs/