Heraclea Cybistra

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Heraclea Cybistra
Ancient Greek: Ἡράκλεια Κύβιστρα
Heraclea Cybistra is located in Turkey
Heraclea Cybistra
Shown within Turkey
LocationTurkey
RegionKonya Province
Coordinates37°30′53″N 34°02′22″E / 37.514768°N 34.039332°E / 37.514768; 34.039332Coordinates: 37°30′53″N 34°02′22″E / 37.514768°N 34.039332°E / 37.514768; 34.039332

Heraclea Cybistra (Ancient Greek: Ἡράκλεια Κύβιστρα), or simply Heraclea or Herakleia (Ἡράκλεια), also transliterated as Heracleia, was a town of ancient Cappadocia or Cilicia; located near modern Ereğli in Konya Province, Turkey). It had some importance in Hellenistic times owing to its position near the point where the road to the Cilician Gates enters the hills. It lay in the way of armies and was more than once sacked by the Arab invaders of Asia Minor (by Harun al-Rashid in 806 and al-Ma'mun in 832). Three hours’ ride south is the famous "Hittite" rock relief of a lynx, representing a king (probably of neighbouring Tyana) adoring a god. This was the first "Hittite" monument discovered in modern times (early 18th century, by the Swede Otter, an emissary of Louis XIV).

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  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Heraclea". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 308.

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