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Yurtbaşı/Melik Şerif

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Tom Elliott Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Mar 14, 2021 07:38 AM History
A modern village in the Refahiye region of Turkey's Erzincan province where remains of ancient roads and routes converge and where a Roman milestone has been found. In Roman times, it was likely a walled town or fort, garrisoned at some point by the cohors I Lepidiana. Scholarly opinions differ as to its possible names in antiquity.

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  • Uncertain: Haris same as Yurtbaşı/Melik Şerif (unspecified date range)

fort, settlement (fortified), settlement-modern


On Barrington Atlas Map 64, Mitford tentatively followed earlier scholars in identifying Melik Şerif with ancient "Chorsabia"/"Carsa(g)is", but in 2018 he rejects this view on the basis of his reconstruction of the road system and analysis of the itineraries, preferring instead to identify it as "Haris". Sinclair 2020 does not seem to be aware of Mitford 2018, but offers a third view, based on his own reconstruction of the road system and analysis of the itineraries. Sinclair would identify "Haris" with Cengarli to the south and Melikşerif with "Dracones"/"Dracontes" or perhaps "Elegarsina."

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Tom Elliott, 'Yurtbaşı/Melik Şerif: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 30 November 2023]

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