Skotoussa (Thessaly) 70 Ag. Triada/Souphli - Σκοτούσσα

Σκοτοῦσσα - Skotoussa, Archaic to Hellenistic polis, unexcavated, between Ano Skotousa and Ag. Triada in Larisa Thessaly
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Latitude: 39.386000
Longitude: 22.537800
Confidence: Medium

Greek name: Σκοτοῦσσα
Place ID: 394226PSko
Time period: ACH
Region: Thessaly
Country: Greece
Department: Larisa
Mod: Ag. Triada/Souphli

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Modern Description: A city in the mountains of Pelasgiotis W of Volo. It was already important in the 5th c. as the seat of the tree oracle of Zeus Phegonaios; the sanctuary was considered by the Thessalians to be the Homeric Dodona, forerunner of the oracle in Epeiros. The wealth of the town in the Classical period was based on grain. A number of battles were fought at Skotoussa and at Kynoskephali, which lay in its territory to the N. A second period of importance followed on the fortification of the site by Philip V of Macedon, but it was deserted when Pausanias saw it. Within the city territory, Plutarch records a polyandrion built by Philip V, a tumulus over the mass grave of the Macedonians raised by Antiochos in 191 B.C., and a solitary hill known traditionally as the grave of the Amazons. Traces of walls remain around the acropolis, 1 km W of Soupli, and at intervals around a much larger outer circuit. The rubble-filled walls of local stone are strengthened by numerous towers and had gates on the E and W. Leake saw some stretches of good ashlar masonry. A theater lay in a natural hollow just inside the wall on the SW. The site of the oracle, not at the city itself has not been identified. (M. H. MC ALLISTER)
Wikidata ID: Q8777773
Trismegistos Geo: 33399
Manto: 10833985

Info: Princeton Encyclopedia

(Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, from Perseus Project)

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