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Paeonia,tribes and Environs

Odomanti or Odomantes (Ancient Greek: Ὀδόμαντες) were an ancient Paeonian[1] tribe in Thrace. The Odomanti are noted by Herod. vii. 112; Thuc. ii. 101, v. 6; Steph. B. s. v.; and Plin. iv. 18.

The district which they occupied, was called after them, Odomantice (Ὀδομαντική). The tribe were settled upon the whole of the great mountain Orbelus, extending along the northeast of the lower Strymonic plain, from about Meleniko (Melnik, Bulgaria) and Demirissar (Sidirokastro, Greece) to Zikhnd inclusive, where they bordered on Pangaeus, the gold and silver mines of which they worked with the Pieres and Satrae. (Herod. l. c.) Secure in their inaccessible position, they defied Megabazus. (Herod. v. 16.) The northwest portion of their territory lay to the right of Sitalces as he crossed Mount Cercine; and their general situation agrees with the description of Thucydides (ii. 101), according to whom they dwelt beyond the Strymon to the north, that is to say, to the north of the Lower Strymon, where, alone, the river takes such a course to the east as to justify the expression. Cleon invited Polles, their chieftain, to join him with as many Thracian mercenaries as could be levied. (Thuc. v. 6; Aristoph. Acharn. 156, 164; Suid. s. v. ἀποτεθρίακεν; Leake, Northern Greece, vol. iii. pp. 210, 306, 465.)

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  1. ^ An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen and Thomas Heine Nielsen, 2005, ISBN 0-19-814099-1, page 854: "... Various tribes have occupied this part of Thrace: Bisaltians (lower Strymon valley), Odomantes (the plain to the north of the Strymon)..."

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Odomanti". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.