History of Amasya

Amasya was earlier a Roman city. Until 183 BC it was the capital of the kings of Pontius. Pompey made it a free city and a large administrative center in 65 BC. Under Constantine I when the Roman Empire was split, Amasya fell in the Byzantine Empire, which also had a large population of Greeks. Later it became the capital of Turkmen Danismend emirs, until the Seljuk ruler Qilic Arslan conquered it. During the rule of the Ottoman ruler Bayezid I, Amasya flourished as a great Anatolian center of learning.