Bithynium or Bithynion (Ancient Greek: Βιθύνιον) was a city in the interior of Bithynia, lying above Tius, as Strabo describes it, and possessing the country around Salone or Salon, which was a good feeding country for cattle, and noted for its cheese. It was the capital of Salone district. Bithynium was the birthplace of Antinous, the favourite of Hadrian, as Pausanius tells us, who adds that Bithynium is beyond, by which he probably means east of, the river Sangarius; and he adds that the remotest ancestors of the Bithynians are Arcadians and Mantineis. In this case a Greek colony settled here. Bithynium was afterwards called Claudiopolis, a name which it is conjectured it first had in the time of Tiberius; but it is strange that Pausanias does not mention this name. Dio Cassius speaks of it under the name of Bithynium and Claudiopolis also. It later bore the name Hadriana after the emperor. The names of Claudiopolis and Hadriana appear on coins minted here.
The town was Christianised early and became an archbishopric. An archbishop suffered martyrdom under Diocletian. No longer a residential see, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church under the name Claudiopolis in Honoriade. A former titular see under the name of Claudiopolis in Bithynia was suppressed.
- Strabo. Geographica. p. 565. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
- Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 11.42.
- Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v. Σαλωνεία.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece. 8.9.1.
- Dio Cassius, 69.11. ed. Reimarus, and his note.
- Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 86, and directory notes accompanying.
- Catholic Hierarchy
- Catholic Hierarchy
- Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
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