Asopos

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For rivers in Greece and Asia Minor, see Asopus. For city in Asia Minor also with this name, see Laodicea on the Lycus.
Asopos
Ασωπός
Location
Asopos is located in Greece
Asopos
Asopos
Coordinates 36°44′N 22°52′E / 36.733°N 22.867°E / 36.733; 22.867Coordinates: 36°44′N 22°52′E / 36.733°N 22.867°E / 36.733; 22.867
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Laconia
Municipality: Monemvasia
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 4,187
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Auto: AK

Asopos (Greek: Ασωπός; also Latinised as Asopus) is a village and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Monemvasia, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Population 4,187 (2001). The seat of the municipality was in Papadianika.

In antiquity, Asopos (Ancient Greek: Ἀσωπός) was a town of the Eleuthero-Lacones in Laconia, on the eastern side of the Laconian gulf, and 60 stadia south of Acriae. It possessed a temple of the Roman emperors, and on the citadel a temple of Athena Cyparissia. At the distance of 12 stadia above the town there was a temple of Asclepius.[3] Strabo speaks of Cyparissia and Asopus as two separate places; but it appears that Asopus was the later name of Cyparissia. Pausanias says that at the foot of the acropolis of Asopus were the ruins of the city of the Achaei Paracyparissii.[4] Strabo describes Cyparissia as a town with a harbour, situated upon a chersonese.

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Strab. viii. p. 364; Paus. iii. 21. § 7, 22. § 9; Ptol. iii. 16. § 9;Hierocl., s.v. Ἀσώπολις, p. 647.
  4. ^ Paus. iii. 22. § 9.