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Strabo was born to an affluent family from Amaseia in Pontus
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- History :Its location in this steep valley makes the city a mountain stronghold, easy to defend, and thus Amasya has had a long and prominent history.-Antiquity:...
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), a city which he said was situated the approximate equivalent of 75 km from the Black Sea. Pontus had recently fallen to the Roman Republic
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, and although politically he was a proponent of Roman imperialism
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, Strabo belonged on his mother's side to a prominent family whose members had held important positions under the resisting regime of King Mithridates VI of Pontus.
Strabo's life was characterized by extensive travels.