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Maionia in Lydia

Coordinates: 38°32′07″N 28°29′29″E / 38.535161°N 28.491469°E / 38.535161; 28.491469
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Maionia or Maeonia (Greek: Μαιονία), was a city of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era located near the Hermos River,[1] in ancient Lydia. Both Ramsay and Talbert[2] tentatively identified the ancient polis with the modern village of Koula (Turkish for fortress) a village known for its carpet manufacture.[3]

The town is mentioned by Pliny the Elder,[4] Hierocles,[5] and in the Notitiae Episcopatuum. Several coins from Maionia exist. In antiquity the city was part of the Katakekaumene Decapolis of towns. Once the seat of a residential bishop, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.[6]

Its site is located near Menye in Asiatic Turkey.[7][8]


  1. ^ W. M. Ramsay, The Historical Geography of Asia Minor (Cambridge University Press, 2010) p123.
  2. ^ Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of Greek and Roman World (Princeton University Press, 2000) p849.
  3. ^ Ramsay,p123.
  4. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 5.29.30.
  5. ^ Hierocles. Synecdemus. Vol. p. 670.
  6. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  7. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying. ISBN 978-0-691-03169-9.
  8. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

38°32′07″N 28°29′29″E / 38.535161°N 28.491469°E / 38.535161; 28.491469