Baris in Hellesponto

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Baris (Ancient Greek: Βάρις), called Baris in Hellesponto to distinguish it from other places called Baris, was an ancient city and bishopric in Asia Minor, which remains a Catholic titular see.


Baris was located in the Troas part of Mysia, in the area of the modern Sarïköy and Biga in Anatolia. It was important enough in the Late Roman Province of Hellespont(us) to be a suffragan see of its capital Cyzicus's Metropolitan Archbishopric, in the sway of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but, like many cities, declined during Late Antiquity.

Its site is located near Gönen in Asiatic Turkey.[1][2]

Residential Ordinaries[edit]

Two of its incumbent Bishops are recorded for certain:

Two other Bishops of Baris, Paulus and Stefanus, signing at councils in 869 and 879, might be from this see or its namesake Baris in Pisidia.

Titular see[edit]

The diocese was nominally restored (no later than 1738 and again in 1933) as the Titular bishopric (held by an ordained, non-diocesan bishop who usually serves in another capacity as well) of Baris in Hellesponto (Latin). The diocese is known as Baris di Ellesponto in Curiate Italian.

The bishopric has been vacant for a number of decades, but was previously held by at least three incumbents of the fitting Episcopal (lowest) rank, whose simultaneous assignment is listed as well:[4]


  1. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  3. ^ Price and Gaddis, ed. (2005). The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, Volume 2. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. p. 230. ISBN 0853230390.
  4. ^ "Titular Episcopal See of Baris in Hellesponto". Retrieved 2017-03-02.

Sources and external links[edit]

  • Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, vol. VII, col. 163.

Coordinates: 40°06′08″N 27°39′19″E / 40.102177°N 27.655361°E / 40.102177; 27.655361