Glancing in the city-state of Corinth

Ancient Corinth, a glance at the city

Ancient Corinth was built at the foot of the Acrocorinth, a majestic hill, dominating the landscape. The city overlooks the Corinthian Gulf. To the north, a fertile plain stretches to the sea. A wall protected the city from as early as the 7th c. B.C.In the 5th c. B.C. the “Long Walls” connected Corinth with its port, Lechaion. The heart of the city was the Temple of Apollo and the Theater. It was there that political and religious activities were held, although deities, such as Asklepios, were worshiped in sanctuaries on the city’s outskirts. Another vibrant part of the city was the workshops’ area, in which potters and other artisans practiced their craft. Little is known about Corinth’s districts, since only a very small number of houses have been excavated to date. Fountains and numerous wells supplied the city with water from the Acrocorinth. Cemeteries mainly lay outside the city walls. Nevertheless, burials have also been found inside the city, which was not common practice in other cities.