Pangaean Mines

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Pangaean Mines

 

in antiquity, rich gold and silver mines in southwestern Thrace. The mines were worked by the Thracians from very ancient times. According to Herodotus, the island of Thasos, which owned most of the Pangaean mines at the beginning of the fifth century B.C., obtained an annual income of about 80 talents from them. In 437 B.C. the mines were taken over by Athens. In 358–357 B.C., they were seized by the Macedonian king Philip II, who obtained as much as 1,000 talents annually from them. In 168 B.C., the Pangaean mines were taken over by the Romans. The mines are no longer in operation.

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