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Teos

Listed under Classical Archeology in Turkey.

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The ruins of Teos are the ruins of one of the great Ionian maritime cities, owned, collonised and influenced by all the great peoples of this region. It's been abandoned since around 540 BC though, and is now a site for research rather than maritime industry.

The main find on the site is a temple dedicated to Dionysos, which had its floor formed by levelling the hill that it sits on. The other interesting thing about it is that it's roof is supported by 11 columns. Yhe layout of the ruined city has influenced modern thinking on the ancient people who lived in this region, so it's also worth noticing. The remains of the city walls, the acropolis, a theatre and a gymnasium can also be recognised, those and the harbour, which still has boats bobbing on the calm waters of, are the other points of interest and have been the focus of archaeological study.

Written by  Roy Adelwood.

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