Pydna (in Greek: Πύδνα), also Pidna was a Greek city in ancient Macedon, the most important in Pieria. Modern Pydna is a rural municipality and coastal town in the northeastern part of the Prefecture of Pieria. Pydna is situated in fertile land to the north of the Pierian plain. Hills and mountains dominate the west, while beaches and the Thermian Gulf dominate the east. Pydna is linked with GR-1/E75 through its interchange to its west and in Kitros. The old highway ran through Pydna. It is located N of Larisa, NE of Katerini, ESE of Veria and WSW of Thessaloniki.
Pydna was already subject to Macedon under Alexander I (Thucydides I.131.1), but later regained its independence. It was besieged by the Athenians in 432 BC. Pydna was brought back under Macedonian rule in 410 BC by Archelaus, who reestablished the city twenty stadia further inland (Diodorus of Sicily 13.14). The Athenians seized Pydna in 364 BC, only to have it retaken eight years later by Philip II of Macedon, in spite of a secret agreement that bound it to Athens. Cassander besieged and captured Pydna in 317 BC and had the queen mother, Olympias, who had taken refuge there, put to death.
Pydna is the location of a Macedonian tomb discovered and explored by León Heuzey during his archaeological expedition in 1867.
Pydna today is a town that is located near the archaeological site.
Pydna has Primary and Secondary schools, banks, a post office, sports facilities, beaches located to the east, and traditional Greek "Plateia" - town and village "squares". (plateies).
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- Léon Heuzey, H. Daumet, Mission archéologique de Macédoine (Archaeological Mission in Macedonia), Paris, 1876, 239-266.
- R. Danoff, RE s. v. "Pydna", Suppl. X (1965), 833-842.
- Livius, Pydna by Jona Lendering (ancient history of Pydna)
- Ancient Pydna
- Mapquest - Pydna, street map not yet available
-  The Battle of Pydna
- The Third Macedonian War and the Battle of Pydna (168 BC) by John Foss