Nearly nothing is known of this ancient town, but some of its coins have been preserved and it is mentioned by Strabo; Ptolemy; Hierocles; and the Tabula Peutingeriana. The name occurs as Savatra on the coins. Sabatra which is its equivalent in pronunciation is also found, also Soatra, in Strabo.
The town was situated in an arid region on the road from Laodicea Combusta (modern Ladik) to Archelais (modern Aksaray), that is, near the modern village of Souverek, in the Ottoman vilayet of Koniah: according to W. M. Ramsay, at the ruins four hours south-west of Eskil; according to Müller, near Djelil between Obrouklou, or Obrouk, and Sultan Khan.
Le Quien mentions two bishops of Sauatra: Aristophanes, present at the First Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 381; and Eustathius, who was living at the time of the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The Greek Notitiae episcopatuum mention the see till the thirteenth century.