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Title: The Study of Greek Fortifications
Author(s): BAKHUIZEN, Simon C.
Volume: 69 Date: 1994
The world of the ancient Greeks, whether before or after the lifetime of Alexander the Great, was, on the whole, without a pax Graeca, and most towns and cities were at one time or another protected by a circuit wall, and sometimes by a few signal towers in the choraor | perhaps | by a chain of frontier forts. Within the heritage of Greek civilization no class of monuments or architectural achievements stands out more conspicuously than that of city walls, of field fortifications and of walls enclosing an entire oasis. If for modern tourists with their esthetic predilection these defence works do not rank high, it was different for travellers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, who showed a deep interest in military remains.