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A region and ancient country of the southeast Balkan Peninsula north of the Aegean Sea. In ancient times it extended as far north as the Danube River. The region was colonized by Greeks in the sixth century bc and later passed under the control of Rome, Byzantium, and Ottoman Turkey. In the 19th and 20th centuries, much of the region passed to Bulgaria and Greece.
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1. (Placename) an ancient country in the E Balkan Peninsula: successively under the Persians, Macedonians, and Romans
2. (Placename) a region of SE Europe, corresponding to the S part of the ancient country: divided by the Maritsa River into Western Thrace (Greece) and Eastern Thrace (Turkey)
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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 Greece (Western Thrace) and Turkey (Eastern Thrace).
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|Noun||1.||Thrace - 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|
battle of Lule Burgas, Lule Burgas - the principal battle of the Balkan Wars (1912); Bulgarian forces defeated the Turks
Balkan Peninsula, Balkans - a large peninsula in southeastern Europe containing the Balkan Mountain Range
Thracian - an inhabitant of ancient Thrace
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