Thessaly

   Region in central Greece (q.v.) distinguished by a large plain that is surrounded by mountains. The famous rock-top monasteries of Meteora (q.v.) are situated on the edge of this plain. Thessaly's chief Byzantine cities included Larissa, Lamia (qq.v.), Neopatras, and Trikkala (q.v.), as well as the port-cities of Demetrias (q.v.), Nea Anchialos, and Halmyros. The region's importance derived from the fertility of its large plain, which also served as an intersection of major road systems. Slavs (q.v.) settled in Thessaly beginning in the later sixth century. Vlachs (q.v.) settled in numbers by the 11th century. The region was subjected to numerous and occasionally devastating invasions (e.g., that of the Catalan Grand Company [q.v.] in 1309), and to successive foreign rulers (e.g., the Gabrielopoulos family).

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  • Thessaly — [thes′ə lē] region of E Greece, between the Pindus Mountains & the Aegean Sea: see GREECE Thessalian [thə sal′yən, thəsā′lē ən] adj., n …   English World dictionary

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  • Thessaly — Thessalian /the say lee euhn, sayl yeuhn/, adj., n. /thes euh lee/, n. a region in E Greece: a former division of ancient Greece. 659,913; 5208 sq. mi. (14,490 sq. km). * * * Historical region and current administrative region (pop., 2001:… …   Universalium

  • Thessaly — Admin ASC 1 Code Orig. name Thessaly Country and Admin Code GR.ESYE14 GR …   World countries Adminstrative division ASC I-II

  • Thessaly — noun a fertile plain on the Aegean Sea in east central Greece; Thessaly was a former region of ancient Greece • Syn: ↑Thessalia • Members of this Region: ↑Cynoscephalae, ↑battle of Cynoscephalae • Instance Hypernyms: ↑geographical area, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thessaly — or Greek Thessalía geographical name region E Greece between Pindus Mountains & the Aegean • Thessalian adjective or noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thessaly — noun /ˈθesəli/ A region in north central Greece; one of its 13 periferies. It contains the prefectures of Karditsa, Larissa, Magnesia and Trikala …   Wiktionary

  • THESSALY —    the largest division of ancient Greece, a wide, fertile plain stretching southward from the Macedonian border to the Maliac Gulf, and entirely surrounded by mountains save the Vale of Tempe in the NE. between Mounts Ossa and Olympus; was… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Thessaly — div., CEN. Greece; 5,399 sq. mi …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • Thessaly — n. region in eastern central Greece …   English contemporary dictionary

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