Antiochia Lamotis

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Antiochia Lamotis
Antiochia Lamotis is located in Turkey
Antiochia Lamotis
Shown within Turkey
LocationCilicia, Turkey
Coordinates36°33′26″N 34°14′28″E / 36.55723°N 34.24104°E / 36.55723; 34.24104
CulturesHellenistic, Roman, Byzantine
Site notes

Antiochia Lamotis (Greek: Αντιόχεια η Λαμωτίς), Antiochia in Isauria (Αντιόχεια της Ισαυρίας), or Antiochia super Cragum[1] is a Hellenistic city in ancient Cilicia, Anatolia at the mouth of Lamos (or Lamus) river. The site is on the coast a few km southwest of Erdemli, Mersin Province, Turkey.

During Roman times, it was capital of the Lamotis Region, Cilicia.[2] The town also bore the name Lamus or Lamos (Λάμος). The river is mentioned by Stephanus of Byzantium,[3] and both the river and the town by Strabo[4] and Ptolemy.[5] The river, which is otherwise of no importance, formed the boundary between Cilicia Aspera and Cilicia Propria.

The town later became the seat of a bishop; no longer a residential bishopric, it remains a titular see in the Roman Catholic Church under the name of Lamus.[6]


  1. ^ Pauly, August Friedrich (1839). Real-Encyclopädie der Classischen Alterthumwissenschaft in alphabetischer Ordnung, v.1. J.B. Messler. p. 538. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hazlitt, The Classical Gazetteer". The Ancient Library. Archived from the original on 2006-07-09.
  3. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v. Λάμος.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. xiv. p. 671. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  5. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. Vol. 5.8.4, 5.8.6.
  6. ^ Hierocles. Synecdemus. Vol. p. 709.

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