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historical times: classical and hellenistic period

Fragment of a black-glazed vase with graffito made after firing; Classical period (c. 400 BC). The tell of Dikili Tash seems to have been totally abandoned between the end of the Bronze Age (c. 1150-1100 BC.) and the 4th century BC.

In 360 BC, a group of people from the neighbouring island of Thasos founded a colony 2.5 km west of the mound, which they called Krinides. Shortly afterward in 356 BC, Philip II, the King of Macedonia, took control of the town and also of the gold mines in the neighbouring mountain of Pangaion. The city was renamed “Philippi” and given a fortification wall and several public buildings, including a theatre. An effort was made to drain the swamp. During his reign, between 336 and 323 BC, Alexander the Great continued the work of his father.

In Dikili Tash itself, activity during this period is represented by a few ceramics and coins, often found in mixed layers together with finds from Roman times, but no construction has been discovered.

Silver tetradrachme with the head of Alexander III (Alexander the Great); 315-294 BC.
Last Update : 2/02/12