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Argura (Euboea)

Argura (Euboea)

Argura (Ancient Greek: Ἄργουρα)[1] also called Argyra (Ἀργυρᾶ) was a town of ancient Euboea near Chalkis, but its exact location is unknown. Modern scholars differ as to its location, with the current village of Lefkandi in the estuary of the Lilas River being identified by Denis Knoepfler[2] Tritle places his remains on the hill of Vrachos in Vasiliko.[3] The editors of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World tentatively accept the Lefkandi location,[4] as do the editors of the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire (38°24′16″N 23°39′47″E).[5]

Harpocration and Stephanus of Byzantium assert that the town had the status of a polis,[6] but Hansen and Nielsen have found no evidence supporting the assertion.[7]


  1. Demostenes, Against Meidias, 132, 164.
  2. Knoepfler, Denis (1981). "Argoura: a toponyme Eubéen dans la Midienne de Démosthène". In Mogens Herman Hansen (ed.). The Polis as an Urban Center and as Political Community (in French). Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Center 4: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, historisk-filosofiske Meddleleser 75. Copenhagen. pp. 352–449.
  3. Lawrence A. Tritle (1992). "Eretria, Argoura, and the Road to Tamynai: The Athenians in Euboia, 348 B.C.". Klio, Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 74: 131–165.
  4. Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 55, and directory notes accompanying.
  5. Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  6. Harpocration, A22; Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s. v.
  7. Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). "Euboia". An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 645. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.

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