R. Rönnlund (University of Gothenburg, Department of Historical Studies) "Greek Akropoleis"
In spite of being one of the most striking features of ancient Greek cities, locations commonly known as
akropoleis have for long not attracted any systematic scholarly attention. Extraordinary examples such
as at Athens, Lindos and Pergamon have long shaped our understanding of these fortified hilltops,
but as a closer look will tell, the picture is more complex than commonly assumed. In his talk, Dr.
Rönnlund will present his results from his recently finished PhD thesis on this subject, discussing the
origins, meanings and functions of akropoleis and what they can tell us about the development of cities
and poleis in the ancient world.