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Amastris is a city of Greek origin (modern-day Amasra, Turkey) in the small peninsula along the coast of the Black Sea (Pontus Euxinus) and on a small adjacent island, which are now connected by a bridge. In Paphlagonia upon a creek of the same name. It had two ports at the two sides of the peninsula; the most important of these was the one to the east. The ancient Sesamus was renamed Amastris in honor of the wife of Dionysius (d. 335/336 BCE), the tyrant of Heraclea Pontica (today called Karade…

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Di Berardino, Angelo, “Amastris”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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