City development and town planning in Greece
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The layouts of Athens (Athenae) and Miletus typify two different types of Greek city structure, which would today be described as ‘naturally grown’ in the case of Athens, and as ‘planned’ to characterize Miletus.

I. Athens (maps A and B)

The overall map of ancient Athens (map A, overlaying the plan of today’s Athens) shows the ring-wall (no. 20) erected directly after the destruction of Athens by the Persians (480 BC), the connection with the ‘Long Walls’ (to the southwest, no. 23) whi…

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Wittke, A.-M., “City development and town planning in Greece”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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