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COLONIA (Şebinkarahisar, Giresun) Armenia Minor, Turkey.

Colonia was, according to Procopius, founded by Pompey but this may be a confusion with Nikopolis. The name Colonia at least must depend on the placement of veterans perhaps from the legion at Satala. It reaches more prominence in the Early Byzantine period and is referred to as a city by Basil. It was heavily fortified by Justinian (Procop., Buildings 3.4.6). Byzantine defenses are visible today. Inscriptions have been found.


F. & E. Cumont, Studia Pontica II (1906) 296-302.


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