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For a rocket station of the American Army in Germany, see Pydna (missile base). For the moth genus, see Pydna (moth).
Pydna is located in Greece
Coordinates 40°22′N 22°35′E / 40.367°N 22.583°E / 40.367; 22.583Coordinates: 40°22′N 22°35′E / 40.367°N 22.583°E / 40.367; 22.583
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Central Macedonia
Regional unit: Pieria
Municipality: Pydna-Kolindros
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 3,258
 - Area: 105.59 km2 (41 sq mi)
 - Density: 31 /km2 (80 /sq mi)
 - Population: 1,206
 - Area: 41.334 km2 (16 sq mi)
 - Density: 29 /km2 (76 /sq mi)
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 78 m (256 ft)
Postal code: 600 64
Telephone: 23510
Auto: KN
Localization of Pydna

Pydna[pronunciation?] (in Greek: Πύδνα, older transliteration: Púdna) was a Greek city in ancient Macedon, the most important in Pieria. Modern Pydna is a small town and a former municipality in the northeastern part of Pieria regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pydna-Kolindros, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Pydna is situated in fertile land close to the Thermaic Gulf coast. The main village of the former municipality is Kitros. It lies 6 km north of Korinos, 8 km south of Methoni and 13 km northeast of Katerini. Motorway 1 and the Piraeus–Platy railway (nearest station at Korinos) pass east of the village.

Ancient Pydna[edit]

Pydna was already a part of the Macedonian kingdom under Alexander I (Thucydides I.131.1). It was unsuccessfully besieged by the Athenians in 432 BC and again, after seceding from the Macedonian kingdom, in 410 BC by Archelaus I who successfully captured the city and transferred its population further inland, possibly at the site of modern Kitros; however, the old site was re-peopled in the early 4th century. The Athenians, under Timotheus, seized Pydna in 364-363 BC, only to have it retaken in 357 BC by Philip II of Macedon. Pydna would remain part of the kingdom of Macedonia until its Roman conquest. In 317 BC, Alexander III's mother, Olympias took refuge there to escape from Cassander's wrath, incurred by Olympias' scheming against Phillip III and his wife. Cassander besieged the city and managed to capture it during the spring of 316 BC.

The Battle of Pydna (June 22, 168 BC), in which the Roman general Aemilius Paulus defeated King Perseus, ended the reign of the Antigonid dynasty over Macedon.


Year Community Municipal unit
1981 1,882 -
1991 1,789 4,678
2001 - 4,012
2011[1] 1,206 3,258


  1. ^ a b Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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