Apamea Myrlea

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
For namesakes, see Apamea
Apamea Myrlea
Apamea Myrlea is located in Turkey
Apamea Myrlea
Shown within Turkey
LocationTurkey
RegionBursa Province
Coordinates40°22′35″N 28°53′00″E / 40.37639°N 28.88333°E / 40.37639; 28.88333Coordinates: 40°22′35″N 28°53′00″E / 40.37639°N 28.88333°E / 40.37639; 28.88333

Apamea Myrlea (/ˌæpəˈmə mərˈlə/; Ancient Greek: Απάμεια Μύρλεια) was an ancient city and bishopric (Apamea in Bithynia) on the Sea of Marmara, in Bithynia, Anatolia; its ruins are a few kilometers south of Mudanya, Bursa Province in the Marmara Region of Asian Turkey.

Name[edit]

To distinguish this city from the many others called Apamea,[1][2][3] the name Apamea Myrlea used here adds to the name (Apamea) it was given when rebuilt as an important city the name (Myrlea) it previously bore as a smaller town.[4] It was also referred to as Apamea Myrlēon (Apamea of Myrlea).[5]

History[edit]

The town was founded as a colony of the Colophonians and was called Μύρλεια (Myrleia or Myrlea). Philip V of Macedon took the town, as it appears, during his war against the king of Pergamon, and gave it to his ally, King Prusias I of Bithynia, who fortified and enlarged it – indeed almost rebuilt it[6] – around 202 BC, renaming it Ἀπάμεια (transcribed as Apameia, Apamea, or Apamia), after his wife, Apama III.[2]

Erdek Gulf today

The place was on the south coast of the Gulf of Erdek, and northwest of Bursa, then called Prusa, for which it served as a port.[1]

The Romans made Apamea a colonia, apparently in the time of Augustus, or perhaps Julius Caesar, in view of the adjective "Iulia" that appear on its coins under Roman rule.[2] Its earlier coins were stamped Ἀπαμέων Μυρλεάνων, but in Roman times they bore the label C.I.C.A. (= Colonia Iulia Concordia Apamea).[7]

When Pliny the Younger was governor of Bithynia, he consulted Trajan about a claim by the colonia not to have its accounts of receipts and expenditures examined by the Roman governor.[2]

A passage of Ulpian shows use of the adjectival form of the name was Apamenus: "Apamena: est in Bithynia colonia Apamena.[2]

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

This Apamea in the Late Roman province of Bithynia became the seat of a Christian bishop in the 4th century and was at first a suffragan of Nicaea, but became an autocephalous archdiocese some time before the Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic) in 869, at which its archbishop Paulus took part.[8][9]

Titular see[edit]

No longer a residential bishopric, Apamea in Bithynia is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see,[10] of the intermediary Archiepiscopal rank.

Since the Latin Catholic archdiocese was thus nominally restored (in ?1633), it has had the following archiepiscopal incumbents, but is vacant since decades :

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hogarth, David George (1911). "Apamea s.v. 4" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). p. 159.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Apameia" in William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854)
  3. ^ See also the disambiguation page Apamea
  4. ^ Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, entry "Ăpămēa"
  5. ^ William Smith, A Classical Dictionary, p. 83
  6. ^ William Smith, A Classical Dictionary, p. 581
  7. ^ Asia Minor Coins - ancient coins of Apamea
  8. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 655-658
  9. ^ Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica, Vol. 2, p. 235
  10. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 834

Sources and external links[edit]

Further reading[edit]