THE ROMAN ERA : In the era of the Roman emperor Vespasianus, two Roman legions have been stationed in Cappadocia in order to protect it against a probable Parthian invasion coming from the east. The Romans also built military routes here in the time of emperor Trajan. The Roman emperor Hadrian was also interested in the region and visited Cappadocia in 129 A.D entering Anatolia from its eastern borders. In the 3rd century A.D the commercial relations between Cappadocia, Ephesos, and Smyrna grew to be very intense, and coins were minted bearing the names of these places together. We also know that the cities on this main trade route got together to form an economic union.

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