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Gadilon (Ancient Greek: Γαδιλών), also known as Gazelon (Γαζηλών), and possibly Helega,[1] was a town in the north-west of ancient Pontus, in a fertile plain between the Halys River and Amisus.[2][3] From this town the whole district received the name of Gadilonitis, which is probably the right form, which must, perhaps, be restored in two passages of Strabo, in one of which the common reading is Galaouitis (Γαλαουῖτις),[4] and in the other Gazelotos (Γαζηλωτός).[5] It was the site of a battle between the Umayyads led by Abd al-Aziz ibn al-Walid and Byzantines in 713.

Its site is located near Bafra in Asiatic Turkey.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 87, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Strabo. Geographica. 12.547. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  3. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 6.2.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. p. 553. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  5. ^ Strabo. Geographica. p. 560. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  6. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 41°34′17″N 35°53′38″E / 41.571325°N 35.894016°E / 41.571325; 35.894016

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