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The Late Archaic Period

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This chapter provides the limited information about the Locrians in one of the major historical events at the close of the Archaic Period, the Persian Wars. It starts by considering the relations between the Locrians and the Thessalians. It is true that other than some archaeological materials found in Locrian necropoleis dating to the Geometric, which appear to be of Thessalian origin, or were inspired by them, we have no direct evidence of relations between them. The author talks about the question of Eastern Locris' involvement in the confrontations between Thessaly and Phocis, since Thessaly could only invade Phocis through Locris, as Plutarch specifically says in his account of one of the conflicts. On the other hand, and although the author thinks that the nature of Thessalian domination of Locris still has to be defined more clearly, its very existence opened the way for Thessalian access to Phocis.

Keywords: Archaic Period; Locrians; Persian Wars; Phocis; Thessalians



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