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Isauria is a territory in the mountains of the central Taurus. Its boundaries changed over the centuries. In the oldest, restricted sense, Isauria was the country around the old villages Isaura Nea and Isaura Palaia on the northern slope of the Taurus (Stra. Geogr. 12.6.2, also called Isaurike. In late antiquity, Isauria was a province covering the middle part of the central Taurus down to the Mediterranean. The latter represents the area described here.

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Pilhofer, Philipp, “Isauria”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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