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A region of east-central Greece between the Pindus Mountains and the Aegean Sea. Settled before 1000 bc, it reached the height of its power in the sixth century bc but soon declined because of internal conflicts.

Thes·sa′lian (thĕ-sā′lē-ən, -sāl′yən), Thes′sa·lo′ni·an (-lō′nē-ən) adj. & n.


(Placename) a region of E Central Greece, on the Aegean: an extensive fertile plain, edged with mountains. Pop: 609 100 (2001). Area: 14 037 sq km (5418 sq miles). Modern Greek name: Thessalía


(ˈθɛs ə li)

a region in E Greece, between the Pindus mountains and the Aegean. 695,654; 5208 sq. mi. (14,490 sq. km).
Thes•sa•li•an (θɛˈseɪ li ən, -ˈseɪl yən) adj., n.
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Noun1.Thessaly - a fertile plain on the Aegean Sea in east central GreeceThessaly - a fertile plain on the Aegean Sea in east central Greece; Thessaly was a former region of ancient Greece
battle of Cynoscephalae, Cynoscephalae - the battle that ended the second Macedonian War (197 BC); the Romans defeated Philip V who lost his control of Greece
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
Cynoscephalae - the fields in Thessaly where in 197 BC the Romans defeated the Macedonians


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Their slaves also first revolted from the Thessalians while they were engaged in wars with their neighbours the Acheans, the Perrabeans, and the Magnesians.
Lehmann, remarking that the heroines are all Boeotian and Thessalian (while the heroines of the "Catalogues" belong to all parts of the Greek world), believes the author to have been either a Boeotian or Thessalian.
He is a Thessalian Alcibiades, rich and luxurious-- a spoilt child of fortune, and is described as the hereditary friend of the great king.
For men will love you in other places to which you may go, and not in Athens only; there are friends of mine in Thessaly, if you like to go to them, who will value and protect you, and no Thessalian will give you any trouble.
As when ALCIDES from OEALIA Crown'd With conquest, felt th' envenom'd robe, and tore Through pain up by the roots THESSALIAN Pines, And LICHAS from the top of OETA threw Into th' EUBOIC Sea.
that you Thessalians bewitch those you desire, to deprive a man toward
56) Descartes's manner of characterizing the sophistry of the prevailing philosophical tradition is Socratic in its rhetoric; compare with Socrates' account of Gorgias in the Meno: Gorgias has taught Meno's fellow Thessalians how to offer "bold and grand" answers to any question asked; see Meno, 70b4-c3.
Not surprisingly, in light of both Sparta's betrayal and its rejection of their aid against the Helots, the Athenians left Sparta in a huff, broke off their alliance with Sparta, and allied instead with Argos, Sparta's traditional competitor for hegemony in the Peloponnesus, as well as with the Thessalians in the north (1.
If this reading is correct, the irony lies in the fact that Critias, who criticizes the Thessalians for their friendship with the Persians, inflicted even greater atrocities not just on other Greeks, but on his fellow Athenians.
192a, 195b); they then elope in a staged kidnap, (6) and the chief magistrate at Delphi, Hegesias, proposes that Thessalians should be hunted down, impaled and deprived in perpetuity of their ancestral rights to lead the procession to Neoptolemos at Delphi (4.
Later in his reign, he visited Troy, and exclaimed: "It was the Greeks and Macedonians and Thessalians and Peloponnesians who ravaged this place in the past, and whose descendants have now through my efforts paid the right penalty.
It is established in the first scenes, where Agamemnon faces off with Triopas, the ruler of the Thessalians, whose land he has invaded.