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thema

[thee-muh] /ˈθi mə/
noun, plural themata
[thee-muh-tuh] /ˈθi mə tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
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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