Alia (Phrygia)

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Alia was a town of ancient Phrygia, inhabited in Roman and Byzantine times.[1] It was located in the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana, whose capital was Laodicea on the Lycus, and became the seat of a bishop. The names of some of the bishops of Alia are known through their participation in church councils: Caius at the Council of Chalcedon (451), Glaucus at the Second Council of Constantinople (553), Leo at the Second Council of Nicaea (787), and Michael and Georgius, the one a supporter of Patriarch Ignatius of Constantinople, the other a supporter of Photius, at the Council of Constantinople (879).[2][3]

No longer a residential bishopric, Alia is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[4][5]

Some authorities locate the town at Islamköy, now known as Banaz;[6] others identify a place near Asar,[1][7] both of which are in Asiatic Turkey.


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 62, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 807-810
  3. ^ Sophrone Pétridès, v. 1. Alia, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. II, Paris 1914, col. 442
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 829
  5. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  6. ^ GCatholic
  7. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.