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Ancyra (modern-day Ankara, capital of Turkey) is located in the central high plains of Anatolia, at an altitude of more than 900 m; it is surrounded by steppes in a continental climate. The historical center is upon a hill along the right shore of the river (Ankara Çayı), tributary of the river Sangarius (Sakarya). Its legendary founder was supposedly King Midas; however, until the arrival of the Romans this center was of little importance. After the death of King Amyntas (25 BCE), his kingdom became a Roman province of Galatia, and it was governed by a propraetor. The region was inhabited…

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Di Berardino, Angelo, “Ancyra”, 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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