Karabiga[1] (Karabuga[2]) is a town in Biga District, Çanakkale Province, in the Marmara region of Turkey. It is located at the mouth of the Biga River, on a small east-facing bay, known as Karabiga Bay.[3] Its ancient name was Priapus or Priapos (Ancient Greek: Πρίαπος).[4]

Karabiga is located in Turkey
Location of Karabiga
Coordinates: 40°24′13″N 27°18′14″E / 40.40361°N 27.30389°ECoordinates: 40°24′13″N 27°18′14″E / 40.40361°N 27.30389°E
Country Turkey
16 m (52 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


Originally a town of ancient Mysia, it was a colony of Miletus or of Cyzicus.[5] It had a good harbour. Strabo mentions that the area produced fine wine and that the god Priapus gave the town its ancient name.[6] Thucydides mentions the town as a naval station.[7] Arrian reports that in 334 BCE Alexander the Great sent Panegorus to take possession of the city and the city surrendered without contest, prior to the Battle of Granicus.[6][8] Besides the aforementioned authors, the town was noted by numerous ancient writers and geographers including Pomponius Mela,[9] Pliny the Elder,[10] Stephanus of Byzantium,[11] and the Geographer of Ravenna.[12]

Under the Eastern Roman Empire, the town was known as Pegae or Pegai (Πηγαί)[13] and was the site of a Byzantine fortress.[14]

During the Allied occupation following World War I, Karabiga was part of the lands that were claimed by Ahmet Anzavur in his attempt to keep the area from the Turkish nationalists. He was killed just outside Karabiga in April 1921 by Turkish nationalists aligned with Arnavud Rahman.[15]


  1. ^ Karabiğa (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ Karabuga (Variant) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  3. ^ Karabiğa Limanı (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  4. ^ Priapus (Variant) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  5. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Priapus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  6. ^ a b Strabo. Geographica. xiii. p. 587. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  7. ^ Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. 8.107.
  8. ^ Arrian Campaigns of Alexander I, 13
  9. ^ Pomponius Mela. De situ orbis. 1.19.
  10. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.24, 5.40.
  11. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v. Πρίαπος.
  12. ^ Ravenna Cosmography 2.18.
  13. ^ Norwich, John Julius (2006) The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean Doubleday, New York, page 103, ISBN 978-0-385-51023-3
  14. ^ Setton, Kenneth M.; Hazard, Harry W. and Zacour, Norman P. (1980) A History of the Crusades: The Impact of the Crusades on Europe University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, page 241, ISBN 978-0-299-10744-4
  15. ^ Gingeras, Ryan (2009) Sorrowful Shores: Violence, ethnicity, and the end of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923 Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, pages 106 and 118, ISBN 978-0-19-956152-0
Ahmet Anzavur

Ahmet Anzavur (1885-15 April 1921) was a gendarme officer in the Ottoman Empire. He was of Circassian descent.

Anzavur served as a major during World War I. He became a guerrilla leader in Anatolia, who coordinated what is known as Revolt of Ahmet Anzavur during Turkish War of Independence.

During the Turkish War of Independence, he was motivated by British secret service and Ottoman Empire higher-ups to revolt against Mustafa Kemal Pasha and Turkish revolutionaries in the Revolt of Ahmet Anzavur.He was sentenced to death in February 1921, captured and executed on 15 April 1921 in village of Adliye near Karabiga.

Biga, Çanakkale

Biga is a town and district of Çanakkale Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. It is located on the Biga River, 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast from Çanakkale city centre. According to the 2000 census, population of the district is 80,982 of which 37,196 live in the town of Biga. The district covers an area of 1,354 km2 (523 sq mi), and the town lies at an elevation of 21 m (69 ft).

The center of COMU Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences is in Biga.

Biga Çayı

The Biga River (Turkish: Biga Çayı) is a small river in Çanakkale Province in northwestern Turkey. The river begins at the base of Mount Ida and trends generally northeasterly to the Sea of Marmara. It is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of the Dardanelles. It flows past the towns of Çan and Biga and enters the Sea of Marmara at Karabiga. It is also known as the Can (Çan Çayı) and the Kocabas (Kocabaş Çayı)

The Biga was the classical Granicus (Ancient Greek: Γρανικὸς ποταμός, Granikòs Potamós).

The banks near the modern-day town of Biga were the site of the Battle of the Granicus, fought in 334 BC between the Macedonian army of Alexander the Great and the forces of the Persian Empire of Darius III. This was Alexander's first victory over the Persians. In antiquity, the river was described as having strong, turbulent current, with steep banks and varying depth.

There is also a valley named in its honor on Mars. The Granicus Valles is at 29.72° N, 131.0° E and runs for 750 kilometres (470 mi).

Erdek Gulf

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In fact, the gulf is named after Erdek, an ilçe (district) of the Balıkesir Province which is situated at north coast of the gulf .

The mid point of the gulf is at about 40°22′N 27°40′E. Kapıdağ Peninsula, Paşalimanı Island and Avşa Island are to the north, Belkıs Tombolo (connecting Kapıdağ Peninsula to Anatolia mainland) is to the east, Karabiga ilçe is to the west and the Marmara coast of Anatolia is to the south. Maximum depth of the gulf is 47 metres (154 ft).

There are ferry services in the gulf. One service is to Barbaros in the Thracen side of Turkey, close to Tekirdağ. There are also ferry services to the nearby islands such as Marmara Island (Saraylar terminal) , Avşa Island and the Paşalimanı Island.

List of active ships of the Turkish Naval Forces

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List of ancient Greek cities

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Patrol boat

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Revolt of Ahmet Anzavur

The Revolt of Ahmet Anzavur (Turkish: Ahmet Anzavur Ayaklanması) was in fact a series of revolts led by the Ottoman gendarme officer Ahmet Anzavur against the Turkish national movement during the Turkish War of Independence. The revolt was coordinated by the British secret service and the monarchist Ottoman government against the republican Turkish nationalist forces. The forces under Anzavur's command were made up of various ethnic groups with the bulk of the forces (including Anzavur) belonging to the Circassian ethnicity. The "revolt" occurred October 1, 1919 to November 25, 1920 and occurred in the regions of Biga, Bandırma, Karacabey, and Kirmastı. Despite some difficulty, the revolts were decisively put down by the nationalist forces.

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