Sites & cities that bear the name of Amantia


Today in : Albania
First trace of activity : ca. 4th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 4th century C.E
Recorded names : Ἀμάντια, Ἀβάντια, Abantia, Ploç

Description : Amantia was an ancient city in the transboundary region between Epirus or southern Illyria in antiquity. The site has been identified with the village of Ploç, Vlorë County, in modern Albania.[9] The massive walls of Amantia were built before the end of the 4th century BC, and literary sources report them as an Illyrian rather than Epirote or Macedonian foundation. Later Amantia acquired the trappings of a Hellenistic town.[10] In terms of fortifications, masonry and general architecture, language and religion Amantia shares the same features as the rest of the settlement of the Greek world of that time. Amantia occupied an important defensive position above the Aoos/Vjosë river valley to the east, and on the road to the coast and the Bay of Aulon. A temple dedicated to Aphrodite, a theatre, and a stadium have also been found in the city. Amantia was designated as an archaeological park on 7 April 2003 by the government of Albania

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