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Dion 


Dion

At the foot of Olympus and hardly 5 km from the Pierian coasts are found the Ancient Dion, the Holy city of Macedonians. The first acme of the city is placed in the years of Arhelaou (414-399 B.C.), when the King lightened the feasts with scenic fights. Dion meets a new acme in Roman years. In the 2nd and 3rd century A.D., Dion lives a Greek regeneration. The end of life in the city comes in the 5th century A.D, when catastrophic earthquakes, floods and other calamities cause its end. Its residents abandon it and go up in the low tumps of Olympus. The sanctuaries of the gods with the theatres (Greek and Roman) and the studium were located in a big area outside the city. The researches outside the walls of the city gave many facts for the worship of Macedonians. Sculptures and signs were found in the sanctuary of Dios and Dionysos. The city was very well fortified and had many paved streets. The streets encompass building squares with private houses, public buildings, shops and laboratories. Impressive are the public baths, of 4000 m2 with a splendid water supply and sewerage system. Admirable are the underground heating system and the insulation of the walls.



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