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FAUSTINOPOLIS (Başmakçi, Niğde) Cappadocia, Turkey.

Formerly a village called Halala, it was raised to the status of colony by M. Aurelius. His wife Faustina the Younger died there on the journey from Syria in A.D. 176. It was a city and bishopric of Cappadocia Secunda according to Hierokles and the Notitiae. The town, in the foothills of Tauros on the main Tyana-Cilician Gates route, was identified by an inscription honoring Gordian III. The ruins include a rocky acropolis.


M. H. Ballance, “Derbe and Faustinopolis,” AnatSt 14 (1964) 140-42.


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