Modra (Bithynia)

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Modra (Ancient Greek: τὰ Μόδρα) was a town of ancient Bithynia. According to Strabo, the town was situated in Phrygia Epictetus, at the sources of the river Gallus;[1] but as this river flows down from the northern slope of the Bithynian Olympus, which there forms the boundary between Phrygia and Bithynia, Strabo must be mistaken, and Modra probably belonged to the southwest of Bithynia. It became the seat of a bishop; no longer a residential see it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.[2] The district about Modra was called Modrene.[3]

Its site is located near Mudurnu in Asiatic Turkey.[4][5]


  1. ^ Strabo. Geographica. xii. p. 543. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  3. ^ Constantine Porphyrogenitus, de Them. vi.
  4. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 86, 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). "Modra". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 40°29′20″N 31°08′37″E / 40.488963°N 31.143478°E / 40.488963; 31.143478

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