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Macedonian Settlements

Background

Hellenistic Macedonian settlements were cities and towns established or influenced by the Macedonian kingdom during the Hellenistic period, which began after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. Macedonian culture and influence spread throughout the territories conquered by Alexander and the subsequent Hellenistic kingdoms.

These settlements were integral to the Macedonian kingdom's control over its territories and contributed to the spread of Macedonian culture, language, and institutions throughout the Hellenistic world. They played significant roles in trade, administration, and cultural exchange, leaving a lasting legacy on the history and heritage of the region.

Here are some notable Hellenistic Macedonian settlements:

Pella: Pella was the capital of ancient Macedonia and one of the most important cities in the Hellenistic world. It was the birthplace of Alexander the Great and served as the royal residence of the Macedonian kings. Pella was known for its impressive architecture, including the royal palace and the agora. It was also a center of art, culture, and learning.

Thessalonica (Thessaloniki): Thessalonica was founded in 315 BCE by Cassander, one of Alexander's generals, and named after his wife Thessalonike, sister of Alexander the Great. It became one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Macedonia and served as an important port and commercial center. Thessalonica was known for its strategic location and vibrant cultural life.

Amphipolis: Amphipolis was a major city located on the Strymon River in Macedonia. It was founded by Athenian colonists in 437 BCE and later came under Macedonian control. Amphipolis served as a military and administrative center for the Macedonian kingdom and played a role in various military campaigns, including the campaigns of Alexander the Great.

Philippi: Philippi was an ancient city located in eastern Macedonia, near the border with Thrace. It was founded by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, in 356 BCE. Philippi became known for its strategic importance and served as a key military outpost and commercial center. It was also the site of the famous Battle of Philippi in 42 BCE, where the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian defeated the forces of Brutus and Cassius.

Veria (Veroia): Veria was an ancient city located in northern Greece, in the region of Macedonia. It was founded in the 5th century BCE and became an important center of trade and commerce. Veria was known for its cosmopolitan population and served as a hub for cultural exchange between Macedonians, Greeks, and other peoples of the Hellenistic world.

Antipatrid colonies

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