- Narrow pass that provides access from northern Greece into central Greece and the Peloponnesos (qq.v.). It is best known for its famous defense against Xerxes in 480 B.C. In the Byzantine period, Justinian I (q.v.) provided it with a garrison (briefly withdrawn in 552 to help in the defense of Crotone [q.v.]). A raiding party of Cotrigurs under Zabergan (qq.v.) got as far as Thermopylae in 558. When historical sources of the sixth through eighth centuries mention Greece (Hellas) they are referring to the regions south of Thermopylae.
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