Mygdonia, Thessaloniki

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Mygdonia
Μυγδονία
Mygdonia is located in Greece
Mygdonia
Mygdonia
Coordinates: 40°46′N 22°57′E / 40.767°N 22.950°E / 40.767; 22.950Coordinates: 40°46′N 22°57′E / 40.767°N 22.950°E / 40.767; 22.950
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Macedonia
Regional unit Thessaloniki
Municipality Oraiokastro
 • Municipal unit 98.506 km2 (38.033 sq mi)
Elevation 183 m (600 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 10,491
 • Municipal unit density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Mygdonia (Greek: Μυγδονία) is a suburb and a former municipality in the Thessaloniki regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Oraiokastro, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Population 10,491 (2011). The municipal unit of Mygdonia includes three communities, Drymos (Δρυμός), Liti (Λητή) and Melissochori (Μελισσοχώρι). The seat of the municipality was in Liti. The municipal unit has an area of 98.506 km2.[3]

According to archaeologists, the area has been inhabited since the Mesolithic era (9000-7000 BC). The first inhabitants were Pelasgians, followed by Thracian tribes such as the Mygdones and the Edoni, until Alexander I of Macedon conquered and annexed the area.

Archaeological discoveries have been made in the area, near the Liti village and at the location Derveni. Discoveries include the ruins of the ancient city of Lete, ancient Macedonian tombs, tombstones, altars, statues, clay statuettes, coins, etc. Perhaps the most important discovery is the Derveni papyrus, an ancient Greek papyrus scroll, found in the city's necropolis in 1962 - a philosophical treatise on Orphic religion.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 

External links[edit]

  • Local news, cultural events, sports and educational activities can be found at http://www.mygdonia.gr, an active local web site.