Excerpt from The Site of Ancient Phalerum
Among the many disputed points in the topography of Athens, non'e involves problems of more serious moment than the site of ancient Phalerum and its determination would lead to the solution of other important questions which now engage the attention of topographers. Phalerum was the old seaport town of Athens before the ascendency of Themistocles and the rise of the Athenian Empire. Its history prior to the building of the Piraeus, with its magnificent harbors, was interesting and im portant but, eclipsed by the glory of Greater Piraeus, it soon became of second-rate importance, famous only for the Long Wall reaching from Athens into its territory, for its ancient shrines, its pottery, and its anchovies. We wish to review its history, to determine its site, and to call attention to the fea tures of Athenian topography which become in consequence satisfactorily settled.
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