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Odrysian Kingdom

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The Odrysian Kingdom (/oʊˈdrɪʒən/; Ancient Greek: Βασίλειον Ὀδρυσῶν, Latin: Regnum Odrysium) was a state union of over 40[2] Thracian tribes and 22[3] kingdoms that existed between the 5th century BC and the 1st century AD. It consisted mainly of present-day Bulgaria, spreading to parts of Northern Dobruja, parts of Northern Greece and parts of modern-day European Turkey.

It is suggested that the kingdom had no capital, instead the kings may have moved from a residence to another.[4] A capital was the city of Odryssa (assumed to be Uscudama, modern Edirne),[2] as inscribed on coins. Another royal residence believed to have been constructed by Cotys I (383-358 BC) is in the village of Starosel, while in 315 BC Seuthopolis was build as a capital.[2] An early capital was Vize.[5] The kingdom broke up and Kabyle was a co-capital by the end of the 4th century BCE.[6]

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