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Μόψου κρήνη
Mopsucrene is located in Turkey
Location of Mopsucrene in present-day Turkey
Coordinates37°04′24″N 34°53′09″E / 37.0733365°N 34.8858995°E / 37.0733365; 34.8858995Coordinates: 37°04′24″N 34°53′09″E / 37.0733365°N 34.8858995°E / 37.0733365; 34.8858995

Mopsucrene or Mopsoukrene (Ancient Greek: Μόψου κρήνη) was a town in the eastern part of ancient Cilicia, on the river Cydnus, and not far from the frontier of Cataonia to which Ptolemy, in fact, assigns it.[1] Its site was on the southern slope of Mount Taurus, and in the neighbourhood of the mountain pass leading from Cilicia into Cappadocia, 12 miles (19 km) north of Tarsus.

The town is named after the seer Mopsus, its name means “Springs of Mopsus”.[2] It is celebrated in history as the place where the emperor Constantius II died (3 November 361).[3] In the Antonine Itinerary, it is called Namsucrone; in the Jerusalem Itinerary, it is called Mansverine. Its site was likely the same as the settlement and mutatio called Mapsoukrenai.[4][5]


  1. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. Vol. 5.7.7.
  2. ^ Smith, William (1884). A new classical dictionary of Greek and Roman biography, mythology and geography. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 525. Retrieved Oct 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Sozom. 5.1; Philostorg. 6.5; Eutrop. 10.7; Amm. Marc. 21.29.
  4. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying.
  5. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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