MAIASP. 2023. No. 15
Temür Akın (
castles in Vezirköprü, reg.
Vezirköprü, the district of Samsun, is an area of a continuous
sedentism for millennia, from the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age until the present, due
to its location at an important crossroads, with wide plains and numerous
streams all around, and a landscape suitable for settled life. Being a
village named Phazemon, in Strabo’s words, the site
gained the identity of a city with the Roman domination in the region and
took the name Neoklaudiopolis (Neapolis).
The city has witnessed many wars and showed that it had an important
strategic position. Mithridates VI Eupator, King of Pontus, was the biggest enemy of Roman
Key words: Black Sea studies,
Received July 24, 2023.
Accepted for publication August 5, 2023.
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