Aegae (Cilicia)

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Aegae or Aigai (Ancient Greek: Αἰγαὶ), or Aegaeae or Aigaiai (Αἰγαῖαι), or Aegeae or Aigeai (Αἴγεαι), was a town on the coast of ancient Cilicia, on the north side of the Bay of Issus. It is now separated from the outlet of the Pyramus (the modern Ceyhan) by a long narrow estuary called Gulf of Alexandretta. In Strabo's time it was a small city with a port.[1][2] Aegae was a Greek town, but the origin of it is unknown. A Greek inscription of the Roman period has been discovered there; and under the Roman dominion it was a place of some importance. Tacitus calls it Aegeae.[3] It was Christianised at an early date, and while no longer retaining a residential bishop, remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, under the name of Aegeae.[4]

Its site is located near the modern Yumurtalık.[5][6]


  • Zenobios and Zenobia (d. c. 290), bishop of Aegae and his sister, martyrs and Eastern Orthodox saints


  1. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. p. 676. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Lucan 3.227.
  3. ^ Tacitus. Annals. Vol. 13.8.
  4. ^ "Aegeae (Titular See) [Catholic-Hierarchy]".
  5. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  6. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 67, and directory notes accompanying.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Aegae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 36°46′11″N 35°47′22″E / 36.769676°N 35.789487°E / 36.769676; 35.789487