August 12, 2022

Amorion (Greek: ) was a city in Phrygia, Asia Minor, founded during the Hellenistic period. The city thrived under the Byzantine Empire, and fell into decline after its liberation by the Arabs in 838. Its ruins and höyük (mound, tumulus) are located near the modern village of Hisarköy in the Emirdağ district of Afyonkarahisar Province. Arab sources call this city Ammuriye. The name Amorion itself is probably related to the Proto-Indian-European word ma ("mother"), so the city's founding may have something to do with the cult of the Mother Goddess, which was once widespread in ancient Anatolia. Under Ottoman rule, this place, which had never been as important as before, was called Hergen Kale.


Lightfoot, Chris (2006). Amorium: A Byzantine City in Anatolia - An Archaeological Guide. Istanbul: Homer Kitabevi. ISBN 975-8293-80-X.

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Excavations in Amorium Bishop John explores Turkish Amorion roots Archived 2007-12-20 at the Wayback Machine. (article from St. Augustine Records)