Strabo was the first to refer to the peninsula of Asia Minor (AM) west of the Taurus (Str. 2,5,24; 12,1,3; cf. Plin. HN 5,27f.; Ptol. 5,2) as a single unit by the name of Asia in the narrower sense, as opposed to the continent of Asia. The term of Asia minor in this sense is first used in Oros. 1,2,26 (early 5th cent. AD).
AM is the westernmost part of the Asian continent between 36° and 42° northe…