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Thessaly is a historical region in central Greece.

Troas is said to have been the king of Thessaly, he had a son named Troiano.

According to an Irish romance, Orlando was the son of the King of Thessaly.

Thessaly | 0 to 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st century BC – 4th century AD
During the first century BC, Thessaly, like much of Greece, became part of the Roman Republic and, later, the Roman Empire. It was organized into the Roman province of Thessalia. Roman Thessaly benefited from the stability and infrastructure of the Roman Empire, and it continued to be an important agricultural region. The city of Larissa was a significant urban center.

Byzantine Period | 4th – 9th centuries
With the division of the Roman Empire into its eastern and western halves, Thessaly became part of the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire in the east.

In the early Christian period, Thessaly, like other parts of the Byzantine Empire, saw the spread of Christianity. Early Christian churches and monastic communities were established in the region.

The Byzantine Empire faced various challenges, including invasions by Gothic and Hunnic tribes. In the sixth century, the region experienced the Slavic and Avar invasions, which had a lasting impact on its demographics and culture.

The early ninth century saw Thessaly as part of the Byzantine Empire, which was enduring various internal and external challenges.

See also
Goths | The Legend of King Arthur
Huns | The Legend of King Arthur