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Madytos (Ancient Greek: ) (or Maitos, or Madyta, Gr. Μάδυτος), by the modern town of Eceabat in Turkey) was an ancient Greek[1] city and port of Thrace, located in the region of the Thracian Chersonesos (Thracian Peninsula). The city was a colony of Aeolians ( a Greek tribe) from Lesbos who, according to the ancient authors, founded also Sestos and Alopekonessos and other cities of the Hellespont.[2][3] This was part of the Greek colonization movement of the 8th-7th c. BC. Later more colonists came from the Greek Ionian cities of Miletus and Klazomenae. Archaeological evidence also supports Aeolian or possibly Athenian origin of colonists.[4] Madytos is referred by Herodotus in relation to the Persian Wars,[5] and by Thucidides in relation to the Battle of the Eurymedon.

Madytos was an active commercial port during the Byzantine period and the Middle Age.[6] It was occupied by the Osman Turks in the 15th century. The city continued to have a mainly Greek population till 1920's when, after the Treaty of Lausanne and the exchange of population between Greece and Turkey, most of the Greeks moved to Greece.
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Greek colonies in Thrace


^ 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,2004, p. 1019. Available online
^ Pseudo-Scymnus (705-10), see: Scymni Chii Periegesis. Edition S.G. Teubner, 1846, Lipsiae. P. 40, available online
^ Benjamin H. Isaac (1986) The Greek settlements in Thrace until the Macedonian conquest, Ed. E.J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, p 161, available online
^ Loukopoulou L. (2004) Thracian Chersonesos, in M. H. Hansen & T. H. Nielsen, Eds. (2004) An inventory of archaic and classical poleis, Oxford University Press, p. 900. Available online
^ Herodotus of Halikarnassus, The Histories, Book 7 (Polymnia), 30, Online
^ W. Heyd (1885) Histoire du commerce du Levant au Moyen-Age, Ed. Emile Lechevauer, Paris, 1885, p. 284

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