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Zela

town, Tokat il (province), east-central Turkey. Lying in a fertile plain crossed by the Yesil River, the town is at the foot of a hill crowned by a ruined citadel. Zela, the ancient temple state of Pontus, was famous as the site where in 47 BC the Roman general Julius Caesar defeated Pharnaces II, son of Mithradates VI of Pontus; when informing the Senate of his victory, Caesar wrote, "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered").

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