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NICOMEDIA [mod. Ismid]

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 665 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NICOMEDIA [mod. Ismid], an ancient town at the head of the Gulf of Astacus, which opens on the Propontis, was built in 264 B.C. by Nicomedes I. of Bithynia, and has ever since been bne of the chief towns in this part of Asia Minor. It was the metropolis of Bithynia under the Roman empire (see NICAEA), and Diocletian made it the chief city of the East. Owing to its position at the convergence of the Asiatic roads to the new capital, Nicomedia retained its importance even after the foundation of Constantinople and its own capture by the Turks (1338). See C. Texier, Asie mineure (Paris, 1839) ; V. Cuenet, Turquie d'Asie (Paris, 1894).
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