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date: 07 December 2022


, city in Boeotia


, city in Boeotia
  • O. T. P. K. Dickinson
  •  and John Buckler


Orchomenus (1), city in NW *Boeotia located between the foot of Mt. Akontion and the NW bay of Lake *Copais, whose W. basin it dominated. See the preceding article for the name. In prehistory Orchomenus was probably always one of the most important prehistoric settlements in Boeotia, although none of its phases is very well known; significant neolithic, Early Helladic, and Middle Helladic strata were found in early excavations, and there is a good range of Mycenaean pottery (see mycenaean civilization), including LH IIIC. The importance of the site in later Mycenaean times can be gauged from the ‘Treasury of Minyas’, a tholos tomb virtually identical in size and quality to the ‘Treasury of Atreus’ at *Mycenae, and finds of fresco fragments comparable in themes and quality with those from Mycenaean palaces (S. A. Immerwahr, Aegean Painting in the Bronze Age (1990), 195).


  • Ancient Geography

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