Origin of acropolisClassical Greek akropolis from akros (see acro-) + polis, city
The Parthenon atop the acropolis in Athens.
An example of an acropolis is the city of Athens which was built on a walled hill.
- The fortified height or citadel of an ancient Greek city.
- A raised area holding a building or cluster of buildings, especially in a pre-Columbian city.
Origin of acropolisGreek akropolis akron top ; see acromegaly . polis city ; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.
the Parthenon at the Acropolis
(plural acropolises or acropoleis)
From Ancient Greek ἀκρόπολις (akropolis), from ἄκρος (akros, “topmost”, “tip”, “summit”) + πόλις (polis, “city”).
- The Athenian Acropolis. (Compare acropolis.)
Ancient Greek Ακρόπολις (Akropolis, “Acropolis”), from ἄκρος (akros, “highest”) + πόλις (polis, “city”)
- On the eastern hill of the acropolis, excavations initiated by F.
- Little was known of the buildings on the Acropolis in the pre-Persian period before the great excavations of 1885-1888, which rank among the most surprising achievements of modern research.
- The almost complete destruction of the buildings on the Acropolis and in the lower city, among them many temples and shrines which religious send- the walls of ment might otherwise have preserved, facilitated the Themis- realization of the magnificent architectural designs tocles .
- The "Acropolis" is in some ways more remarkable than the great kraal which has just been described.
- With regard to the buildings on the east end of the Acropolis, where the present museums stand, no certainty exists; among the many statues here were those of Xanthippus, the father of Pericles, and of Anacreon.