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Carussa or Karoussa (Ancient Greek: Κάρουσσα), also spelt as Carusa or Karousa (Καροῦσα), also known as Polichnion,[1] was a Greek trading place (emporium) on the Black Sea coast of ancient Paphlagonia, south of Sinope, and 150 stadia from it.[2][3] It is also mentioned in the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax as a Greek city; and by Pliny the Elder.[4] It was a member of the Delian League as it appears in tribute lists of ancient Athens.[5]

It is located near Gerze in Asiatic Turkey.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 87, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Arrian. Periplus Ponti Euxini. Vol. p. 15.
  3. ^ Marcian of Heraclea, p. 73.
  4. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 6.2.
  5. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 958. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.
  6. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Carusa". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 41°48′36″N 35°09′32″E / 41.810138°N 35.158944°E / 41.810138; 35.158944