Bottiaea (Greek: Polytonic|Βοττιαία "Bottiaia") was a region of ancient
Macedon. It was previously inhabited by the Bottiaeans who, according to Strabo, were Cretansnamed so after their leader Botton [* [http://books.google.com/books?id=0xyNwS2q7CUC&pg=PA109&dq=cretans+botton&sig=lv1P9xDcjGk5ydrriF7VJNyl05E Studies in the Ancient Greek Polis by Mogens Herman Hansen, Kurt A. Raaflaub] ] , that emigrated to Sicilyand later settled in Macedonia. The Bottiaeans were expelled to Chalcidice, to the area around Olynthusby the Macedonians during the reign of Alexander I of Macedon(Thuc. 2.99).
Its geography began in the northeastern part of
Imathiaand all of the area between the Loudiasand the AxiosRivers (the today's area of Giannitsaand the area of Gevgelijain the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The historic cities of Bottiaea were Aigae (
Vergina) first capital of Macedon, Aloros, Pella(second capital of Macedon), Amydon, Atalanti, Gortynia, Idomeni(today's Gevgelija), Ischna, Kyrros, etc.
* [http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/macedonia/bottiaea/t.html Ancient coinage from Bottiaea]
* [http://www.gtp.gr/LocPage.asp?id=61601 Bottiaea (Votiea) on GTP Travel Pages] (in English and Greek)
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