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Amasea is the capital of the current Turkish province of Amasya. It is associated with many legends and myths about its origins and foundation. Amasea became the capital of the kingdom of Pontus until the Roman conquest in 70 BCE. A detailed description of the city is owed to one of its most illustrious citizens, Strabo (Geogr. 12.3.39). Rich in archaeological remains as the seat of the royal dynasty of Pontus, Amasea always maintained its position as the largest city in the region even during the many administrative changes that were happening at th…

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Cabrera Montero, Juan Antonio, “Amasea”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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