Thessaloniki was founded by Cassandra Macedonia -315, and named in honor of his wife, to whom he offered the city a token of his love. The name of Thessaloniki, daughter of Philip II of Macedonia and half-sister of Alexander the Great, is a contraction of the words Î??Ï?Ï???Ï?? (Thessaly) and ???? (Victory) in commemoration of the victory of the Macedonians on the inhabitants of Phocis with using Thessaly (see Thessaly).