The Acropolis o Athens as seen frae Moont Lycabettus
The widdit Hill o the Nymphs is hauf-veesible on its richt, and Philopappos Hill on the left, immediately behind. The Philopappos Monument staunds whaur, in the distant backgrund, the coast o Peloponnese meet the watters o the Saronic Gulf.

An acropolis (Auncient Greek: ἀκρόπολις, tr. Akrópolis; frae ákros (άκρος) or ákron (άκρον) "heichest, tapmaist, ootermaist" an pólis "ceety"; plural in Scots: acropoles, acropoleis or acropolises)[1][2] is a settlement, especially a citadel, biggit upon an aurie o elevatit grund—frequently a hill wi precipitous sides, chuisen for purposes o defence. In mony pairts o the warld, acropoleis acame the nuclei o lairge ceeties o clessical antiquity, such as auncient Roum, an for this raison thay are whiles prominent laundmerks in modren ceeties wi auncient pasts, sic as modren Roum.


  1. Harper, Douglas. "acropolis". Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. acropolis, akros, akron. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.