Kleitor (Achaia) 63 Kleitoria - Κλείτωρ

Κλείτωρ - Kleitor, Archaic to Roman polis W of Kleitoria, Achaia Peloponnese

Modern description Patras University

Ancient Kleitor, a city of Arcadian Azania, lies ca. 3km. from modern Kleitoria. Ancient writers, including Pausanias, Pindarus, Xenophon, Plutarch, Polybius and Livy, as well as more recent travellers and historians, such as Lebas, Curtius, Leake, Bursian, Frazer, Vischer, Dodwell et al. provide us with valuable insights concerning the city's topography, monuments and myths.
Excavations in various parts of the ancient city have produced the most reliable data regarding its development. The fortification perimeter was ca. 3km, thus giving a city area of 5.7 hectares. The theatre stood at the southwestern part of the city and was already dissused and plundered in Roman times. Evidence of the Classical - Hellenistic urban network have come to light in the case of a street junction in Frangoklisssi. During the Roman period habitation spreads outside the city wall.
The city cemeteries span a period from the post-geometric to the post-Roman times. In the 4th cent. A.D. the expansion of the city ceases and the new urban center is now moved to the west, in the place of modern Kleitoras, a name dating to medieval times.
Prehistoric tools, found both in the excavations and on the surface, indicate the use of the plain during the pre-Mycenaean period.


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