Amantia, an Illyrian city in Vlora

Amantia was an Illyrian city settled in ancient ruins in the village of Ploçë in Vlora.

Founded at the end of the 5th century BC, the city lays on the sides around the hill with an area of 15 ha. In the 3rd century Amantia was the economic, political and cultural capital of the Koinon community of Amantians. After the Roman conquest the city became an important junction on the road descending from Apollonia to the south of Epirus.

In addition to the surrounding walls of the acropolis and gates, the stadium of Amantias, the temple of Aphrodite, the traces of a theater, the necropolis with monumental tombs, etc. have been discovered. Amantia is mentioned as a city in the VI century and was considered as an episcopal center.

/Klara Ruci/

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