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COLONIA ARCHELAIS (Aksaray, Niğde) Cappadocia, Turkey.

It was formerly known as Garsaoura, chief town of the strategia of Garsaouritis. Strabo (12.2.6; 14.2.29) describes it as a κωμόπολις and a πολίχνιον; it was later refounded as Archelaos by King Archelaus, and became a colony under Claudius (Plin. HN 6.8). The site is a large oasis SE of Tuz Gölü and 225 km S of Ancyra. No monuments survive though occasional tombstones are found.


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