Drama History


Drama has excellent water resources and may well owe its name to Hydrama (Hydro, Greek: having to do with water) a town which it is believed stood on the same site in ancient times. In the Roman era, Drama was known as Dravescus (Δραβήσκος), and was a trade center and military camp on the Roman Via Egnatia. Since the Middle Ages it has been known as Δράμα in Greek and Драма in Bulgarian.


In 1912 during the First Balkan War, Drama was taken from the Ottomans by Bulgarian troops; Subsequently, in 1913 as a result of theTreaty of Bucharest, following the Second Balkan War, it was incorporated into Greece along with the rest of eastern Macedonia and Western Thrace. Drama was occupied by Bulgarian troops from 1941 to 1944 during World War II.


In the recent past the economy of the Drama area relied heavily on the local paper and textile-clothing industries. However, these industries have either closed down or moved across the border to Bulgaria, with a devastating impact on the local economy and employment. Other sources of revenue include agriculture, consisting mainly of tobaccomining (particularly of marble) and forestry. Recently, there have been efforts to exploit the rich local natural environment and to develop ecotourism. plantations, small-scale.

There is a modern ski resort on Mount Falakro. Drama also hosts an annual short film festival.

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