thema

[thee-muh]
noun, plural themata [thee-muh-tuh] .
theme ( def 7 ).

Origin:
< Latin < Greek théma; see theme

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thema

in the Byzantine Empire, originally, a military unit stationed in a provincial area; in the 7th century the name was applied to large military districts formed as buffer territories against Muslim encroachments in Anatolia.

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