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  1. Introduction
  2. Urban development of the Hellenistic city
  3. Athenian domination
  4. Conclusion

In 167 BC, the Roman Senate decided the new status of Delos, which becomes free port, and the pound to the Athenians that cover their domination as they reconvoitaient. At that time, the Athenians settlers soon settled on the island. The population growth is such that the urban area expands in the manner of a boom town, in a few decades the city reached five times its size, the original balance between the segments to disturbed, and that Delos is characterized cosmopolitan city.

Development of the city: new district / old districts. This is a brutal extension that nothing suggests. Indeed, it is the political decision of the Roman Senate which led to the development of business first and then, in fact, urban Delos. The extension of the city includes the area of the stadium, houses of Fourni region, the area around the shrine, bordering the western shore, the theater district and the Skardhana that they, well known archaeologists.
The houses are very similar to each other, however, it is not one which in detail is quite identical to another. The order of parts and construction methods offer them many similarities.

[...] Under the courtyards, cisterns remains were discovered, they were covered with large slabs supported by an arch barrel vault paired with. It therefore appears that the inhabitants had their own water, in addition to collective tanks that have been brought to light, especially in the cavea of theater. It should be noted that the nature of Delos granitic soil allow rapid absorption of rainwater that fell into numerous shallow groundwater, in addition to tanks, many wells were discovered. Also, the inhabitants had converted their culture terraced land, and created impoundments to collect runoff water in order to irrigate the land or to supply the city and thus address the lack in case the season was too long. [...]


[...] CHAMPDOR, Delos, Apollo's Island (1960). J. Chamonard, Archaeological Exploration of Delos: The neighborhood of Theatre, home of the Delian study in the Hellenistic period, Issue VIII. H. Duchene, Archaeological Exploration of Delos: The port landscape of ancient Delos, XXXIX booklet. H. Gallet OF SANTERRE, Delos Primitive and Archaic (1958). R. MARTIN, Urbanism in ancient Greece (1974). V. [...]


[...] Water supply to the city and wastewater treatment: Delos There is a compromise between the individual and the collective. As previously stated, the inhabitants had mostly a tank with a capacity of 100 m3 in the courtyard of their house sometimes coupled with a well, and collective tanks completed to supply the city with water: tank theater, fountain Minoé, and impoundments of Inopos. Probably because the population continues to grow water needs became more important and that public tanks were insufficient for the population. [...]


[...] PAPAGEORGIOU-Venetas, Urban Research on an ancient city: Delos (1981). G. SIEBERT, Archaeological Exploration of Delos: The island jewelry, bronzes island, home of the Seals, XXXVIII booklet. [...]


[...] Moreover, there is some sudden jumps places which mark the possible presence of a staircase that cut the slope. Thus, the district has a system of streets and most modern networks in the theater district, which opposes even old and new district. The Habitat Hellenistic and imperial age: The Hellenistic city of Delos is the product of a slow modeling since archaic times. They have beautiful houses with a peristyle court with stucco decorations, mosaics, large reception rooms. However, these rich homes alongside more modest houses, and themselves have many variations and transformations. [...]

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