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Coordinates: 39°15′37″N 26°57′47″E / 39.2602°N 26.963°E / 39.2602; 26.963
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Environment of Perperene occupied by pinus pinea.

Perperene[pronunciation?] (Ancient Greek: Περπερηνή Perperini) or Perperena (Περπερήνα Perperina) was a city of ancient Mysia on the south-east of Adramyttium, in the neighbourhood of which there were copper mines and good vineyards. It was said by some to be the place in which Thucydides had died.[1][2] Stephanus of Byzantium calls the town Parparum or Parparon (Παρπάρων), but he writes that some called the place Perine.[3] Ptolemy calls it Perpere or Permere.[4] According to the Suda, Hellanicus of Lesbos, a 5th-century BC Greek logographer, died at Perperene at age 85. At a later date it was given the name Theodosiopolis or Theodosioupolis (Θεοδοσιούπολις).[5][6]

It is located near Aşagı Beyköy, on the Kozak plateau near Bergama in the Izmir province of Turkey in western Anatolia.[6][7]

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

Perperene was the seat of a bishop; no longer a residential bishopric, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.[8]


  1. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. xiii. p.607. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 5.32.
  3. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v. Παρπάρων.
  4. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. Vol. 5.2.16.
  5. ^ Hierocles. Synecdemus. Vol. p. 661.
  6. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying. ISBN 978-0-691-03169-9.
  7. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  8. ^ Catholic Hierarchy

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

External links[edit]

  • [1], Ancient coins of Perperene

39°15′37″N 26°57′47″E / 39.2602°N 26.963°E / 39.2602; 26.963