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I. The City

A seaport on the Thermian Gulf and today the second largest city in Greece, Thessalonica was founded by Cassander in 316/315 bce, probably on the site of the older city of Therma, and named after his wife Θεσσαλοnίκη. The population was recruited from neighboring settlements (synoikismos). Portions of the first city walls were discovered within the Late Roman/Byzantine fortifications and indicate that the city was initially confined to the higher ground of what is now the old city.


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Brocke, Christoph vom and Gahbauer, Ferdinand R., “Thessalonica”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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