Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Asia Minor FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD
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Geographical terms include three types of entities that can be located in the geographical space: settlements, natural formations of the geographical space and administrative units (political and ecclesiastical) to which the aforementioned settlements were subject during certain periods of time.

Settlements are the core of the category “Geographical Terms”, while the natural formations and the administrative units are supportive to them, aiming to provide the fullest geographical and historical placement possible. Settlements include all residential units, for which there are testimonies of even the slightest Hellenic presence through time. The entries include:

- Presentation of the diachronic evolution of each settlement’s name in Greek and any other established language (includes etymological elements and diachronic identifications).
- A geographical and administrative location, as accurate as possible.·
- A presentation of each settlement’s character from the point of view of Anthropogeography and General History, with emphasis on Economy, Education and Culture. At the same time, aspects of the secular and religious life, public and private life are also emphasized. Buildings and monuments, elements of the architectural environment, are also mentioned.

Geomorphology includes the main entities of the settlements’ wider natural environment, which either help place them better in the area or they are somehow connected with them (historically, economically, etc.). The entries include: ·
- Presentation of the diachronic evolution of their name (includes etymological elements and diachronic identifications). ·
- Exact geographical and administrative location. ·
- Summarized presentation of their geophysical characteristics as well as their character, from the point of view of History and Anthropogeography, with emphasis on Demography and Economy.

The administrative units include the political and ecclesiastical administrative forms that appeared through the centuries in the greatest part of the area under examination and were relatively short-lived. These forms, chosen at the time during which they presented their greatest expansion, are for example in Minor Asia the Roman eparchies of 300 AD, the Byzantine themes of 1023 and the vilayets with their sub-divisions (sancak and kaza) in the beginning of the 20th century. The entries include: ·
- Presentation of their names’ evolution (includes etymological elements and identifications).·
- Geographical location and statement of their position in the hierarchy of the political and ecclesiastical administrative system.
- Geophysical description of each administrative union with geographical and demographical elements as well as information regarding the natural wealth and the most important aspects of the economic life.