Definition: Abdera was a wealthy ancient coastal city in Thrace traditionally founded in 654 B.C. Abdera was located near the mouth of the Nestos River. Abdera was conquered by the Persians and later joined Athens in the Delian League. Rome sacked Abdera in 170 B.C. Abdera is now Ávdhira, Greece. [See Map of Ancient Greece.]
Examples:Democritus (co-founder of atomism), Protagoras (successful sophist), Anacreon of Teos (lyric poet) and Hecataeus (logographer and geographer) lived in Abdera.