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Bithynia et Pontus

(1,011 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) | Makris, Georgios (Bochum)
[German version] A. Roman period Roman double province (after Diocletian, 284-305, only Bithynia) with  Nicomedia as its capital. In 74 BC the death of Nicomedes IV [2;7]; M. Iunius Iuncus, proconsul Asiae, is given the task of securing the kingdom as a Roman province; in the autumn of 74 the province of Bithynia is conferred upon the incumbent consul M.  Aurelius Cotta and Asia and B. established as a unitary customs zone (SEG 39, 1180 = AE 1989, 681 [1;4]). The 3rd Mithridatic war began in early 73 [2; 4; 7; 8]; Mithridate…

Bithynia et Pontus

(926 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) | Makris, Georgios (Bochum)
[English version] A. Römische Zeit Röm. Doppelprovinz (seit Diokletian, 284-305, nur mehr Bithynia) mit der Hauptstadt Nikomedeia. 74 v.Chr. Tod Nikomedes' IV. [2; 7]; M. Iunius Iuncus, proconsul Asiae, wird mit der Übernahme des Königreiches als röm. Prov. beauftragt, im Herbst 74 wird die Prov. Bithynia dem amtierenden consul M. Aurelius Cotta übertragen und für Asia und B. ein vereinigter Zollbezirk (SEG 39, 1180 = AE 1989, 681 [1; 4]) eingerichtet [7]. Im Frühjahr 73 begann der 3. Mithradatische Krieg [2; 4; 7; 8]; Mithradates VI. beset…

Pontus

(931 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Niehoff, Johannes (Freiburg)
(ὁ Πόντος/ ho Póntos, Lat. Pontus). Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) [German version] I. Location Region on the south coast of the Black Sea (Pontos Euxeinos) between Paphlagonia (west), Colchis (east) and Cappadocia (south), divided into a narrow northern coastal plain with various Greek towns (cf. Amisus, Cotyora, Pharnaceia, Trapezus) and an interior south of the northern Anatolian frontier mountain range around Iris [3] and Lycus [19], still known into the 1st cent. BC as Καππαδοκία ἡ περὶ τὸν Εὔξεινον/ Kappadokía hē perì tòn Eúxeinon (Pol. 5,43,1; cf. ἡ πρὸς τῷ Πόντῳ Καππαδοκία/ hē …

PONTUS

(1,435 words)

Author(s): Brian McGing
Greek “sea,” generally taken in the ancient world to refer to the Black Sea; also applied to the Hellenistic kingdom of the Mithridatid rulers that emerged in northern Asia Minor at the end of the 4th century BCE. PONTUS, a Greek word meaning “sea,” generally taken in the ancient world to refer to the Black Sea, Pontos Euxeinos, or Axeinos (Strabo 1.2.10 C21). It also came to be applied more specifically to the Hellenistic kingdom of the Mithridatid rulers that emerged in northern Asia Minor at the end of the 4th century BCE. Strabo…
Date: 2017-02-20

Eupatoria

(169 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
[German version] [1] Town in Pontus This item can be found on the following maps: Patricius The town established by Mithridates the Great in Pontus at the confluence of the Iris (modern Yeşilırmak) into the Lycus (modern Kelkit Cayı) had without a fight opened the gates to the Romans under Lucullus in 71 BC in the 3rd Mithridatic War; as a result it was totally destroyed by the king four years later. The reconstruction had not yet been completed when Pompey captured E. in 65 BC and, renamed Magnopolis, incorpor…

Cadius

(47 words)

Author(s): Eck, Werner (Cologne)
[German version] L.C. Rufus. Proconsul of Bithynia et Pontus shortly before the year AD 49 when he was sentenced by the Senate because of  repetundae (Tac. Ann. 12,22,3) [1. 159ff]. Readmitted into the Senate by Otho (PIR2 C 6). Eck, Werner (Cologne) Bibliography 1 G. Stumpf, Numismatische Unt., 1991.

Cadius

(48 words)

Author(s): Eck, Werner (Köln)
[English version] L.C. Rufus. Prokonsul von Bithynia et Pontus kurz vor dem J. 49 n.Chr., in dem er wegen Repetunden vom Senat verurteilt wurde (Tac. ann. 12,22,3) [1. 159ff]. Von Otho wieder in den Senat aufgenommen (PIR2 C 6). Eck, Werner (Köln) Bibliography 1 G. Stumpf, Numismatische Unt., 1991.

Preietus

(86 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[German version] (Πρείετος/ Preíetos). Port and episcopal city in Bithynia (Bithynia et Pontus), on the southern coast of the Bay of Astacus or Nicomedia, probably near modern Karamürsel, named after the Bithynian god of war P., who had one of his main cult sites there (Konstantinos Porphyrogennetos, De thematibus 1,27: Πραίνετος/ Praínetos; Tab. Peut. 9,2: Pronetios; Plin. HN 31,23: Brietium). Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) Bibliography F. K. Dörner, s. v. Preietos (2), RE 22, 1832-1835  Id., Inschriften und Denkmäler in Bithynien (IstForsch 14), 1941, 37-40, 65-67, no. 39-42.

Cratea

(128 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Celts (Κράτεια, Κράτια). City in Bithynia, known today as Gerede, newly founded as Flaviopolis in the Flavian period (end of the 1st cent. AD). It was the main city of the South Paphlagonian border area in the Gerede Basin and was annexed to Galatia in c. 275/4 BC, and in 179, annexed to Paphlagonia (Land of Gaizatorix; Str. 12,3,41). In 6/5 BC, it became  Bithynia et Pontus and was part of Paphlagonia under Diocletianus (late 3rd cent. AD), later part of Honoria. Documented as a diocese since AD 342/3. Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) Bibl…

Krateia

(103 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[English version] Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Kelten (Κράτεια, Κράτια). Stadt in Bithynia, h. Gerede, in flavischer Zeit (E. 1. Jh.n.Chr.) neu gegr. als Flaviopolis. Hauptort der südpaphlagonischen Randzone des Beckens von Gerede, kam ca. 275/4 v.Chr. zu Galatia, ging 179 an Paphlagonia (Land des Gaizatorix; Strab. 12,3,41), wurde 6/5 v.Chr. zu Bithynia et Pontus, unter Diocletianus (Ende 3. Jh.n.Chr.) zu Paphlagonia, später zu Honorias geschlagen. Als Bistum seit 342/3 n.Chr. belegt. Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) Bibliography K. Strobel, Galatien und s…

Neokaisareia

(518 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) | Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) | Kessler, Karlheinz (Emskirchen)
(Νεοκαισάρεια, lat. Neocaesarea). [English version] [1] Stadt in Pontos Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Byzantion, Byzanz | Christentum | Kleinasien | Kleinasien | Limes | Roma | Roma | Sāsāniden | Syrien Stadt in Pontos am Südfuß des Paryadres beim h. Niksar, an der Kreuzung der West-Ost-Route vom Amnias-Tal das Lykos-Tal aufwärts mit der Straße Komana Pontika [2] - Polemonion [4; 5; 6. Bd. 1, 17-57]; erstmals erwähnt bei Plin. nat. 6,8. Ihre Gesch. ist über die Namensfolge N./Sebaste/Diospolis/Kabeira bis in d…

Iuliupolis

(131 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[German version] (Ἰουλιούπολις; Ioulioúpolis). Originally Gordiou Kome, settlement in Galatia where the road from Nicaea to Ancyra crossed over the  Scopas (Procop. Aed. 5,4). Home of the dynast Cleon, who defected to Augustus in 31 BC. The settlement was named I. in his honour and extended to become a city (Str. 12,8,9; Plin. HN 5,143). After 25/4 BC it belonged to Bithynia (Plin. HN 5,149), from the time of Diocletian to the province of Galatia, then to Galatia I. Also called Basilaion (Basileon)…

Iuliupolis

(111 words)

Author(s): Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt)
[English version] (Ἰουλιούπολις). Urspr. Gordiu Kome, Ort in Galatia am Übergang der Straße Nikaia - Ankyra über den Skopas (Prok. aed. 5,4). Heimat des Dynasten Kleon; dieser ging 31 v.Chr. zu Augustus über, zu dessen Ehren der Ort I. benannt und zur Stadt ausgebaut wurde (Strab. 12,8,9; Plin. nat. 5,143). Nach 25/4 v.Chr. zu Bithynia (Plin. nat. 5,149), seit Diocletianus zur Prov. Galatia, dann zur Galatia I gehörig. Zu Ehren Basileios' I. auch Basilaion (Basileon) gen. Seit Anf. 4. Jh. Bistum. Heute großenteils vom Sarıyar-Stausee überflutet. Strobel, Karl (Klagenfurt) Bibliog…

VI. Peripheral states in Asia Minor in the Hellenistic and Roman periods

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Author(s): Schottky, Martin
All the kingdoms mentioned below (except the Regnum Bosporanum), most of which were founded in the Hellenistic period, were situated in regions that had once been part of the Persian (Achaemenid) Empire. For this reason, the ruling dynasties could often claim descent from the Achaemenids, or at least attempted to construct such a connection. Those states that still existed in the first century AD in most cases owed their survival either to their union with the Parthians (cf. Plin. Nat. 41), or to a policy of manoeuvre and balance between the empires of the West and East (P…

Neoclaudiopolis

(211 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
[German version] (Νεοκλαυδιόπολις/ Neoklaudiópolis, Latin Neoclaudiopolis). City in the Paphlagonian district of Phazemonitis to the east of the lower Halys, near the village of Phazemon (Φαζημών/ Phazēmṓn, OGIS 532, 40f.) in the territory of the neighbouring township of Andrapa (Ἄνδραπα/ A'ndrapa, Ptol. 5,4,6,4; Hierocles, Synekdemos 701,7; Nov. 28 praef.); founded by Pompey in 65 or 62 BC with the name Neapolis (Strab. 12,3,38) as part of the new province of Bithynia et Pontus [7. 33f., 38f., 71ff.], renamed N. under Claudius (IGR 3…

Neoklaudiopolis

(192 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
[English version] (Νεοκλαυδιόπολις, lat. Neoclaudiopolis). Stadt in der paphlagonischen Landschaft Phazemonitis östl. des unteren Halys nahe dem Dorf Phazemon (Φαζημών, OGIS 532, 40f.) auf dem Gebiet der Nachbarortschaft Andrapa (Ἄνδραπα, Ptol. 5,4,6,4; Hierokles, Synekdemos 701,7; Nov. 28 praef.); von Pompeius 65 bzw. 62 v.Chr. mit dem ON Neapolis (Strab. 12,3,38) als Teil der neuen Prov. Bithynia et Pontus gegr. [7. 33f., 38f., 71ff.], unter Claudius in N. (IGR 3, 139; [1]) umbenannt, beim h. Vezi…

Varenus

(185 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Cologne)
Roman gens of Etruscan origin (Schulze, 248). [German version] [1] V., L. was accused c. 80 BC of murder and defended by Cicero, who claimed that the deed had been in the interest of the accuser Ancharius [2] Rufus and that hence he was the murderer, but lost the case (Prisc. Institutiones grammaticae 7,70; 12,29; Quint. Inst. 5,13,28; 7,1,9; 7,2,36; 9,2,56). Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [German version] [2] V. Rufus A senator; he represented the province of Bithynia et Pontus in the Senate against the proconsul Iulius [II 28] Bassus, who had been accused of extortion (…

Eupatoria

(150 words)

Author(s): Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
[English version] [1] Stadt in Pontos Dieser Ort ist auf folgenden Karten verzeichnet: Regnum Bosporanum Die Gründung Mithradates' d.Gr. in Pontos an der Mündung des Iris (h. Yeşilırmak) in den Lykos (h. Kelkit Cayı) hatte 71 v.Chr. im 3. Mithradatischen Krieg den Römern unter Lucullus kampflos die Tore geöffnet und wurde deshalb vom König vier J. später total zerstört. Der Wiederaufbau war noch nicht abgeschlossen, als Pompeius 65 v.Chr. E. einnahm und, umbenannt in Magnopolis, mit großem Territorium als eine von 11 Städten in die neugegr. röm. Prov. Bithynia et Pontus

Varenus

(164 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens | Eck, Werner
Röm. Gentile etr. Herkunft (Schulze, 248). [English version] [1] V., L. Wurde um 80 v. Chr. wegen Mordes angeklagt und von Cicero verteidigt. Dieser behauptete, daß die Tat im Interesse des Anklägers Ancharius [2] Rufus gelegen habe und daher dieser der Mörder sei, verlor aber den Prozeß (Prisc. institutiones grammaticae 7,70; 12,29; Quint. inst. 5,13,28; 7,1,9; 7,2,36; 9,2,56). Bartels, Jens [English version] [2] V. Rufus Senator; vertrat im Senat die Prov. Bithynia et Pontus gegen den Proconsul Iulius [II 28] Bassus, der wegen Erpressung angeklagt war (Pli…

Sebastopolis

(180 words)

Author(s): Kaletsch, Hans (Regensburg) | Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart)
(Σεβαστόπολις; Sebastópolis). [German version] [1] City in Caria City in the mountainous country of southeastern Caria between Tabae and Themisonium on the road from Heraclea [6] and Apollonia Salbace to Cibyra, at modern Kızılca. The original place name is unknown; in the Imperial period the city was renamed S. and is recorded in inscriptions and on coins (HN 624; [1. 150 f.]). In literature it is first mentioned in the early Byzantine period (Hierocles, Synékdēmos 689). Kaletsch, Hans (Regensburg) Bibliography 1 F. Imhoof-Blumer, Kleinasiatische Münzen, 1901/2. L. Bürchner,…
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