Definition of acropolis in English:

acropolis

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An acropolis protected by stone walls lay at the centre.’
    • ‘Built on the ruins of ancient and Byzantine remains with parts of the walls which once surrounded the acropolis on the hill.’
    • ‘There are remains of an acropolis located on a hillside with magnificent views.’
    • ‘They have built a virtually impregnable fortress; it is a high place, an acropolis.’
    • ‘Many acropolis sanctuaries of Demeter, like those at Eretria and Corinth, were at some distance from the agora.’
    • ‘To the side of Pigadia is a rocky hill where the Minoan acropolis of Karpathos was built in ancient times.’
    • ‘Last year a stylish new auditorium was opened alongside this Hellenic-style acropolis, one of the finest neo-classical houses in the country.’
    • ‘On the acropolis is a smaller walled-in area where a ruined Byzantine chapel lies over the foundations of the Temple of Athena.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Located on the acropolis at Lindos, the shrine of Athena is alleged to have been founded by the mythical king Danaos.’
    • ‘Phespirit never came across an acropolis or an Apollo temple or an agora.’
    • ‘Like most Greek cities, Corinth had an acropolis, called Acrocorinth, which was used as a place of defense and for pagan worship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Short excursions from the city take you to the ancient cities of Lindos, with its temple of Athena on its acropolis overlooking the sea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city's monuments date mostly from the Hellenistic period and include the acropolis, an Apollo temple and an agora.’
    • ‘At the time of his death he was working on material he had excavated outside the acropolis walls at Mycenae.’
    • ‘The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.’
    1. 1.1The ancient citadel at Athens, containing the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century BC.
      • ‘Outstanding buildings constructed in the 5th-century rebirth of Athens include the PARTHENON and Erechtheum on the acropolis.’
      • ‘Editor's Note: actually from the acropolis all you can see is athens… and that wont impress anybody…’
      • ‘The palace is in the centre of the acropolis which is situated at the top of Perperikon and served to protect the hilltop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The NationalGeographic Society made a generous contribution toward the excavation of the acropolis and the theater.’
      • ‘For shelter, the Byzantine occupantslived in houses and caves built into the western slope of the 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.’
      • ‘This sanctuary was also the site for the Thesmophoria, a ten-day festival described later as celebrated ' in a garden ' on the acropolis (Pl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pericles was the force behind many of the buildings on the acropolis, including the Parthenon itself.’
      • ‘It has been excavated several times and the main acropolis is cleared.’
      • ‘Viewers send Mr Squiggleopoulos some sketches which he transforms into various views of the acropolis, thats if he isnt at soccer training.’
      • ‘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 acropolis and the temple area Little is left of the acropolis, which was the highest spot of the town.’
      • ‘It was located within the wall, on the lower slope of the acropolis, not far from a series of cisterns for collection of water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Picture a cross between Machu Picchu and greek acropolis, all tumbled down.’

Origin

Greek, from akron summit + polis city.

Pronunciation:

acropolis

/əˈkräpələs/