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Nicopolis

(nĭkŏp`əlĭs, nī–) [Gr.,=city of victory], ancient city, NW Greece, in Epirus. It was founded by Octavian (later Augustus) to celebrate the victory (31 B.C.) at Actium, which is nearby. The city largely eclipsed Ambracia (see ÁrtaÁrta
, formerly Ambracia
, city (1991 pop. 21,286), capital of Árta prefecture, W Greece, in Epirus, near the mouth of the Arachtus River. It is a trading and shipping center for agricultural goods including cotton, grain, citrus fruits, almonds, and
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). It is mentioned by St. Paul (Titus 3.12). Its ruins are near the modern Préveza.

Nicopolis

 

(in Greek, “city of victory”), the name of a number of cities founded by the Romans. The largest were Nicopolis in Cappadocia, founded by Pompey in commemoration of the victory over Mithridates VI Eupator in 66 B.C.; Nicopolis in Epirus, founded by Augustus in memory of the victory at Actium in 31 B.C.; and Nicopolis in Lower Moesia (Nicopolis ad Istrum, 20 km east of the modern city of Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria), founded by Trajan after the victory over the Dacians in A.D. 102.

Nicopolis ad Istrum reached its zenith in the second and third centuries; it was destroyed by the Avars in the early seventh century. Periodic excavations, the first of which was in 1899, have uncovered the remains of defensive walls, a forum, a bouleuterion, an odeum, baths, and shops, as well as sculptures, inscriptions, coins, and household items.

REFERENCES

“Nikopolis.” In Paulys Realencyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft, vol. 33. Stuttgart, 1936. Columns 511–39.
Ivanov, T. “Razskopki v Nikopolis ad Istrum, prez 1945 g.” Izvestiia na Arkheologicheskiia institut, book 18. Sofia, 1952.
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He donated buildings in the Levant, as well as in the Greek islands, in Athens, and in Nikopolis, the latter donation characterized by Marshak as being particularly politically astute, since it was the site of the defeat of Antony, Herod's former patron.
Medicinski i farmacevticni instrumenti i posobija ot Nikopolis ad Istrum i gradskata mu teritorija.
From the ancient city of Nikopolis, built in 31BC, to Nekromanteion, on a hill above what in ancient times was the mouth of the River Acheron, the mythical River Styx, gateway to the underworld.
The Nikopolis Project employed a similar method in the 1990s, spacing fieldwalkers 5m apart and having them subtotal counts every 30 meters, which were presumably recorded in the team leader's notebook for reference (Tartaron 2003: 34-35).
The sites to be renovated are: the architectural sanctuary of the mediaeval Bulgarian capital Pliska, the early-Christian basilica "The Red Church" near the southern town of Perushtitsa, the building of the so-called "Cross Military Barack" and its infrastructure in the northwestern Danube city of Veliko Tarnovo, the antique complex "Serdika" in the capital Sofia, the archeological sanctuary "Nikopolis ad Istrum" in central Bulgaria, the mound "Shushmanets," the Roman Fortress and the historical sanctuary "Trapezitsa" a all three in the old Bulgarian capital, the central city of Veliko Tarnovo.
A Roman circus is documented at Gortyn in Crete (administratively a part of Roman North Africa); another must have existed at Nikopolis in Epirus, and a Late Roman example is known in Thessaloniki.
Lines 11-12 also recall an epigram by Glaukos of Nikopolis.(20) The whole sea is the tomb of this victim of nautical catastrophe, and only the seagulls know the location, of his bones (A.P.
Wiseman, director of the expedition known as the Nikopolis Project.
The rest of the volume provides brief extracts and comments about major Ottoman conquests, which stress the role of the sultans as preeminent mujahids, but occasionally fail to make ideological capital out of important victories (e.g., Nikopolis in 728/1396, overshadowed, perhaps, by the disaster at Ankara in 1402 and the taking of Constantinople in 1453).
"Corinthe et Nikopolis pendant le bas moyen-age," FelRav 118 (1979), pp.
He called this new city Nikopolis from his victory over Antony and Cleopatra.
Eusebius places it seven miles along the road to Nikopolis, not Neapolis.