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By Robert J. Buck

Robert Buck's heritage examines the archaeological list, takes a clean examine what the ancients acknowledged concerning the Boeotians and on the references of classicists of newer occasions, retells the legends, and reconstructs the background of the quarter from the heroic Bronze Age to the Pelopponesian conflict.

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The site is usually considered to be Hyria, but there is some support for the idea that it might be Graea,177 an idea that seems to me to be more likely. 20 The Land of Boeotia The site of Aulis has been clearly identified by excavation. It is about six kilometres south of the bridge to Chalkis, behind the promontory that lies between the two harbours of Megalo Vathys and Mikro Vathys. Aulis was in a low-lying area that extends south to the convent of Aghios Nikolaos and seems to have been a scattered settlement.

The Mycenaean palace or palaces and the rich finds, including cylinder seals from Mesopotamia and Linear B tablets, mark it as an important location from the Bronze Age to the present. The remains from the Classical period usually seem to be the subject of emergency excavations and are widely scattered in an area considerably larger than the modern town. The circuit walls have been traced, though the precise location of the seven gates, and what their names are, remain subjects of debate. 10) mentions a town of Knopia found in Theban territory, from where the Amphiareum was transferrd to Oropus.

6) says that there is a "road that leads from Thebes to Hysiae in the direction of Eleutherae," one to be distinguished from the Thebes-Plataea route. " One may then conclude that the two towns lie fairly close to Plataea and roughly in a line along the Asopus. 24) says that its name was changed to Scarphe (or whatever is the correct manuscript reading), and that it lay in the Parasopia. Homer (//. 497) calls it "many-ridged," which should mean that it was in or near the mountains. 143 Seven or eight ancient sites lie close enough to Plataea to be considered possibilities for the names of the four towns that formed a state with Plataea.

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