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Arabissus was a town and episcopal see in the Roman province of Armenia II. The bishopric, a suffragan of Melitene, is now included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[1] The Byzantine Emperor Maurice was born here in 539 AD.


The town corresponds to present-day Afşin, formerly Yarpuz, in Kahramanmaraş Province, Turkey.[2]


Its residential episcopal list is known from 381 to 692.[3] Its titular bishops include Stephen Peter Alencastre (1924–1940).

Several Jacobite bishops of Arabissus are mentioned between the seventh and tenth centuries by Michael the Syrian.


  1. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 836
  2. ^ Titular Sees ('A')
  3. ^ Gams, p. 441.



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