Introduction of Amasya
Town in Amasya province, on the Yesil Irmak River, 48 mi SW of Samsun. It was the ancient capital of the Greek kingdom of Pontus from the fourth century b.c. until the first century a.d. The Romans under Pompey conquered Amasia in 65 b.c. and made it a free city. Later it was an early residence of the Ottoman sultans. Remains in the city include rock-cut tombs of the kings of Pontus and part of the walls of the ancient capital. The geographer Strabo was born here c. 60 b.c.