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Thebasa was a fortified place in Asia Minor in Classical Antiquity that was noted by Pliny[1] as a city of ancient Lycaonia, situated in Tauros.

Later, Thebasa survived (as "Dabasa" in Muslim accounts) to be taken from the Byzantine Empire during the Abbasid invasion of Asia Minor (806). The site, apparently deserted since, has not been securely identified. Sir William Mitchell Ramsay suggested that Thebasa was the fortified high place of Hyde and gave reasons for locating the city and its fortress in the neighborhood of Kara Bunar, Turkey.[2]

Modern scholars reject the identification of Thebasa with Hyde, and tentatively place Hyde's site near Divle, Asiatic Turkey.[3][4]

In 2022, a Polish diplomat Robert D. Rokicki found Thebasa in the Pinarkaya village of Ayrancı District in Karaman Province.[5]


  1. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 5.27.
  2. ^ Sir William Mitchell Ramsay, A Sketch of the Historical Geography of Asia Minor, (1890) "Q. Lykaonia and Tyanitis" : s.v. "Hyde", 339ff.
  3. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying.
  4. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  5. ^ "Polish diplomat in Turkey unravels mystery of long-lost ancient city". Daily Sabah. January 27, 2022. Retrieved January 29, 2022.

Coordinates: 37°17′37″N 33°50′12″E / 37.293682°N 33.836559°E / 37.293682; 33.836559