Charax, Bithynia

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Charax in Bithynia (Greek: Χάραξ της Βιθυνίας) or (Greek: Χάρακας της Βιθυνίας) was a Byzantine town in what is modern Turkey.

It is 25 kilometres from the former Byzantine Capital Nicomedia, between Nicomedia (Turkish: İzmit) and Helenopolis (Turkish: Hersek) in Bithynia, Asia Minor. It is located on the southern side of the Gulf of Astacus (Turkish: İzmit Körfezi) and is a possible site for the death of Constantine the great.[1] Stephanus of Byzantium calls it a place of great trade.[2][3]


  1. ^ Richard W. Burgess, Witold Witakowski, Continuatio antiochiensis Eusebii, Franz Steiner Verlag publishers,page 244.
  2. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
  3. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Charax". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

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