Charax (Bithynia)

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Charax in Bithynia (Ancient Greek: Χάραξ της Βιθυνίας or Χάρακας της Βιθυνίας) was a Roman and Byzantine port town of ancient Bithynia, in what is now Turkey. It was on the north side of the Sinus Astacenus on the road between the erstwhile Eastern Roman and Byzantine capital Nicomedia and Libyssa.[1] Stephanus of Byzantium calls it a place of great trade.[2][3]

Its site is located near Hereke, in Asiatic Turkey.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 52, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v. Χάραξ.
  3. ^ Public Domain Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Charax". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  4. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

Coordinates: 40°47′20″N 29°36′49″E / 40.788976°N 29.613672°E / 40.788976; 29.613672