Assos (present Behramkale, in the northwestern extreme of Turkey) is the name of an ancient Greek city built on the southern slope of a high rocky hill raised beside to one of the few quality harbors existing in the sector of the Troas (Troad) coast which overlooks the Gulf of Adramyttium. Its well selected location granted to the city an important defensive capacity as well as a high strategic-commercial value: advantages that explain the great prosperity of the settlement during the archaic, classic and hellenistic periods of the Greek civilization.
Photo 1.- Section of the main street of Assos. Next to it we can see one of the walls of the ancient gymnasium of the city.
Photo 2.- Ancient residential area located very close to the southwest entrance to the city.
Photo 3.- Vaulted cistern built under the gymnasium in Roman times.
During the early Roman period Assos was one of t