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The pre-historical development of Tarsus reaches back to Neolithic Period. The Neolithic Period is followed by the Kalkeolitic and Early Bronze Age settlements. It was ruled by the Hittites, Assyria, Persia, Macedonia, Rome, Byzantium, the Seljuks and the Ottomans.
The ancient name is Tarsos, probably derived from the God Tarku . It was located at the crossing of several important trade routes, linking southern Anatolia to Syria and the Pontus region. As the ruins are covered by the modern city, it is not very well known archaeologically.
- Antipatros , stoic philosopher
- Mark Antony
- Paul of Tarsus, Christian apostle, saint and missionary
- Bilal - ı Habeşi, Islamic muezzin
- Caliph Ma'mun
- Lokman Hekim
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