Thrace

   Region defined by the Aegean Sea and Sea of Marmara (qq.v.) to the south, the Black Sea (q.v.) to the east, the Balkan range to the north, and the Nestos River to the west. The plain of Thrace was of great strategic importance, not only for its fertility (e.g., its production of corn) but because through it ran the great east-west highway, the Via Egnatia (q.v.), as well as the highway from Constantinople to Belgrade (qq.v.), which provided access to the north. The region suffered from repeated invasions, including that of the Visigoths (q.v.), who defeated Valens at the battle of Adrianople (qq.v.) in 378.

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  • THRACE — Difficilement partagés au cours des guerres balkaniques entre la Bulgarie, la Grèce et la Turquie, les plaines et les plateaux de Thrace n’ont guère d’unité naturelle et le découpage des régions ne permet pas une mise en valeur rationnelle et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Thrace — ( bg. Тракия, Trakiya or Trakija or Trakia , el. Θράκη, Thráki , tr. Trakya) is a historical and geographic area in southeast Europe. Today the name Thrace designates a region spread over southern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece… …   Wikipedia

  • Thrace — THRACE, es, (⇒ Tab. XII.) eine von des Mars Töchtern, von welcher die Landschaft Thracien gleichfalls den Namen soll bekommen haben. Nat. Com. ll. II. c. 7 …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • THRACE — Titanis filia, ex Iove habuit Bithyn, a quo Bithyni; ex Saturno Doloncum, a quo Dolonci. Erant autem Bithyni et Thyni populi olim Thraciae, qui in Asiam commigrârunt, Strabo, l. 7. et 12 …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Thrace — [thrās] 1. ancient region in the E Balkan Peninsula 2. modern region in the SE Balkan Peninsula divided between Greece & Turkey …   English World dictionary

  • Thrace — 42° N 26° E / 42, 26 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Thrace — /thrays/, n. 1. an ancient region of varying extent in the E part of the Balkan Peninsula: later a Roman province; now in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece. 2. a modern region corresponding to the S part of the Roman province: now divided between… …   Universalium

  • Thrace — geographical name region SE Europe in Balkan Peninsula N of the Aegean; as ancient country ( Thrace (or Thracia) ), extended to the Danube; modern remnant divided between Greece ( Western Thrace) & Turkey ( Eastern Thrace, constituting Turkey in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thrace — [[t]θreɪs[/t]] n. 1) geg an ancient region of varying extent in the E part of the Balkan Peninsula: later a Roman province; now in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece 2) geg a modern region corresponding to the S part of the Roman province: now divided… …   From formal English to slang

  • Thrace — /θreɪs/ (say thrays) noun 1. an ancient region of varying extent in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, later a Roman province; now in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece. 2. a modern region corresponding to the southern part of the Roman… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Thrace — noun an ancient country and wine producing region in the east of the Balkan Peninsula to the north of the Aegean Sea; colonized by ancient Greeks; later a Roman province; now divided between Bulgaria and Greece and Turkey • Members of this Region …   Useful english dictionary

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