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Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Plovdiv is older than Athens, Rome, Constantinople and Carthage. The very first settlements, according to archaeological data, existed here over 6 thousand years ago. The very first name of the city given by the Thracians was Eumolpias.
In 342 BC. the city is conquered by Philip II of Macedon – father of Alexander the Great, who gives the city a new name – Philippopolis. During the same period, the city also bears the name of Odris. And today the name Odris is found on rare bronze coins.
In 72 BC. the city is captured by legions of Mark Terentius Varona Vakula – Roman general. In 46 BC. the city falls under the dominion of the Romans and receives a new name Trinontium, which means `` City of Three Hills. ''
In the Roman era, the city reaches its peak, being an important stronghold of the Romans, as evidenced by the numerous ruins of Roman buildings that have survived to this day – stadium, basilica, city forum, residential and public buildings.
For many years, the Romans have kept the city under their control for one of the important reasons – the important road Via Dragonalis passes through Plovdiv, which connects the Balkans with the outside world.
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Topic: Ruins of the Thracian city of Eumolpias in Bulgaria, Plovdiv resort.