Cassope (Ancient Greek: Κασσώπη - Kassōpē, also Κασσωπία - Kassōpia and Κασσιόπη - Kassiopē) was an ancient Greek city in Epirus, today in the Preveza regional unit. Cassope is situated on the south-east slopes of the Zalongo mountain, near the village of Kamarina. It is built on the edge of a cliff, which dragged down a part of the site when it collapsed. It is considered one of the best remaining examples of a city built along the lines of a Hippodamian plan in Greece.
First settlements on site are known from the Paleolithic, however the prominent city of Cassope was founded in the middle of the 4th century BC and served as the capital of the Cassopaeans, a sub-tribe of the Thesprotians. It belonged to the Aetolian League. It flourished in the 3rd century BC, when large public buildings were built. Cassope also minted its own coins. It was destroyed by Roman forces in 177-176 BC Cassope was abandoned in 31 B.C. when the remaining inhabitants resettled to Nikopolis.
The ruins of Cassope were visited and described by William Martin Leake in the early 19th century. Extensive excavations were performed by a Greek team under Sotiris Dakaris in 1952 and 1955, and in 1977-1983 by a team from the University of Ioannina together with the German Archaeological Institute, co-led by Dakaris, Wolfram Hoepfner, Konstantina Gravani, and Ernst-Ludwig Schwandner.
- Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Cassope". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography 1. London: John Murray. pp. 560–561.
- An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen, 2005, page 346
- Guide Bleu, Greece. Hachette Livre, 2000. p. 627.
- Cassope page of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
- Travels in Northern Greece: Volume 1 by William Martin Leake, 2001, page 252, "... marching from Acarnania into Epirus, pitched his camp near the city Cassopia 3. ..."
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