Konope (Aitolia) 17 Angelokastro - Κωνώπη

Κωνώπη - Konope, Archaic to Late Antique settlement at Angelokastron in Aitoloakarnania West Greece

Modern description Patras University

Ruins of an ancient fortification beneath the Byzantine castle of Angelokastro, along with Hellenistic architectural remains north of the village, have been identified with the ancient Aitolian city of Arsinoe. The identification has been based on Polybius' and Strabo's texts and has been verified by the finding of inscriptions and roof tiles with the inscription ΑΡΣΙΝΟΕΩΝ.
The city occupies an imposing and strategically important site, overlooking Acheloos river. Its original name was probably Konope; the Aitolians renamed the city after Arsinoe, daughter of Ptolemy A' (299-281 B.C.). The city was flourishing during the Byzantine period, when it was the seat of the bishop of Acheloos.
Excavation carried out in 1995 at the edge of the village has brought to light the foundations of private houses, public buildings, as well as part of an enclosure, apparently belonging to Arsinoe's fortification. Parts of the city's cemeteries have also been investigated at the northeastern and northwestern parts of the fortified acropolis.


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