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Almopia (Greek: Αλμωπία, Macedonian: Меглен, Meglen, Turkish: Karadjova) is a municipality and a former province (επαρχία) of the Pella peripheral unit in Macedonia, Greece. The seat of the municipality is the town Aridaia.[1] One of the regions of ancient Macedon, north-west of Bottiaea, it corresponds roughly to the Moglena region of medieval and modern times.[2] Ancient towns of Almopia were Horma, Apsalos and Europos[3]. Almops the giant was considered the eponym of the region and the tribe Almopes, that were expelled by the Macedonians during the reign of Alexander I.[4] Until the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) and the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1924, Pomaks inhabited a large part of the regions of Moglena.[5]


Municipality

The municipality Almopia was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[1]

Aridaia
Exaplatanos

Province

The province of Almopia (Greek: Επαρχία Αλμωπίας) was one of the three provinces of Pella Prefecture. It was abolished in 2006.
References

^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
^ Tentzerakis, Christos (1999). "Χοροί Επαρχίας Αλμωπίας" (in Greek). IOV Hellas. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
^ Les Villes de Macédoine à l'époque romaine by Fanoula Papazoglou
^ Thucydides (II, 99)
^ Capidan, Theodor. Meglenoromânii, istoria şi graiul lor, vol. I, Bucureşti, 1925, p.5, 19, 21-22 (Capidan, Theodor. Megleno-Romanians - their history and dialect, Bucurest 1925, vol 1, p.5, 19, 21-22)

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