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Macedonia and Thrace in Thucydides

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Thucydides' interest in Macedonia and Thrace may have stemmed from his personal connections with the area, but this was certainly not the only reason for him to write in such great detail about events in the northern Aegean. This chapter focuses on the information that Thucydides provides about the history of the area on the northern shore of the Aegean. This region comprised Macedonia (the area ruled by the Macedonian king) and Thrace, a geographical area with indigenous tribes living in the interior and Greek cities on the coast. The most important cities in Thucydides' work, besides those of the Chalcidians, were Spartolos, the capital of the Bottiaians, the Corinthian colony Poteidaia on the isthmus of the Pallene, the Eretrian colony Mende, Skione to the east of Mende and of uncertain origin, the indigenous Dion, and the Andrian colonies of Sane, Akanthos, and Stagira in the east.

Keywords: Aegean; Chalcidians; Greek cities; Macedonia; Spartolos; Thrace; Thucydides



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