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ASEA Arkadia, Greece.

The site is on a steep hill overlooking a valley between Tripolis and Megalopolis. Remains of a circuit wall around the top of the hill and of two spur walls which surround a lower town at E are dated to mid 3d c. B.C. Some houses belong to the Hellenistic period. One of them is of the Priene type, previously known only outside of Greece. The Hellenistic site seems to have existed into the 1st c. B.C. Ancient sources mention an Asea also during the Classical period, but this town must have lain somewhere else in the valley. Immediately below the Hellenistic stratum on the hill are the remains of a Middle Helladic settlement, which ceased at a time corresponding to the transition between MH II and MH III.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Xen., Hell. 6.5, 11, 15; 7.5.5; Paus. 8.27.3; E. J. Holmberg, The Swedish Excavations at Asea in Arcadia (1944).

E. J. HOLMBERG

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