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Mantineia is located 13 km north of Tripoli and occupies a spacious valley.

He was known by Homer as "Eratini" which means happy. Her name is etched by the famous hero and first settler of Mantinea, grandson of Pelasgos. It was also named "Pelasgia" by the first king of the region, Pelasgia.
 Mantineia was a flourishing city already in the archaic period, which also had its own currency and played an important role not only in Arcadia, but throughout the ancient world.
There was a constant competition of Mantineia with Sparta for control and domination in the wider region. This eventually led to the destruction of Mantineia in 385 BC, and the dispersal of its population in surrounding areas. The city remained in ruins until 370 BC, when, at the initiative of Thebes General Epaminondas, it was re-established.
In 223 BC. Macedonian King Antigonus III and his royal allies captured and pillaged the city. In 221 BC. a re-colonization of the city, now called "Antigoneia", by the Macedonian king Antigonus. In 125 AD Emperor Hadrian visited the city and reintroduced the name Mantineia.
In excavations carried out by archaeologist Fouzer, much of the ancient city's buildings and ruins were discovered. In 1960 with new archaeological excavations were found other ruins of the ancient city.
Mantineia was surrounded by a wall of 3,942 meters. Around the wall there was a ditch ditched by the waters of the river Ofi and the Arni fountain, near which Rea brought Neptune to the world. In front of the gates were remnants of bridges while the gates led to corresponding secret paths.
There were also the Agora, the theater, the Heraion with statues of Praxiteles, a bath complex, the bouleuterion, a temple of Artemis the Mesopotamian, the altar of the Sun and the temple of Zeus the Savior. Outside the wall and the city there was a grove dedicated to the goddess Demeter.
Near the archeological site there is the Christian church of Agia Fotini, which is a combination of Byzantine and Greek architecture. The entire scene is preserved from the ancient theater, while Praxitelis's works are kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Ruins of the temple of Zeus, the Bouleuterion and the Agora are also preserved.

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