PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN EDESSA

Yusuf ALBAYRAK

Edessa, is a perfect example in terms of showing religious and cultural assimilation due to its geographical location in Northern Mesopotamia. The pagan belief system based on stars and planet cults was seen in Pre-Christian Edessa. Paganism has continued for centuries in Edessa even tough Christianity appeared and spread quickly. Paganism completely disappeared in 5. Centrury AD and Edessa became a Christianty city.

Key Words: Edessa, Paganism, Sin Cult, Christianity.