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A city of south-central Bulgaria on the Maritsa River southeast of Sofia. Originally built by Thracians, it fell to Macedon c. 341 bc and to Rome in 46. The city changed hands frequently in the Middle Ages and was controlled by Russia from 1878 to 1885.


(Bulgarian ˈplɔvdif)
(Placename) a city in S Bulgaria on the Maritsa River: the second largest town in Bulgaria; conquered by Philip II of Macedonia in 341 bc; capital of Roman Thracia; commercial centre of a rich agricultural region. Pop: 339 000 (2005 est). Greek name: Philippopolis


(ˈplɔv dɪf)

a city in S Bulgaria, on the Maritsa River. 356,596. Greek, Philippopolis.
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La lettre commence ainsi: <<O, Guobinos, au bon nom, Demetrius fugitif et deux fois nanti, j'apprends que depuis que tu t'es enfui de mes mains, tu te deplaces de lieu en lieu tel un voyou et que maintenant tu as abouti a Philippoupolis ou tu touches et remues les intestins pour faire des charcuteries, en te battant avec les chiens pour les bouts de viande et le sang du couteau de boucher>> (21).
20) Philippoupolis, aujourd'hui Plovdiv, en Bulgarie.
Jansen also worked in Norway, Bulgaria and Latvia, and prepared urban development plans for Dresden, Leipzig, and many other cities in Germany, as well as Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Burgas and Philippoupolis in Central and Eastern Europe, and Montevideo (Ward, 2005, 124-5; Hastaoglou-Martinidis, 2011, 181).

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