Olbia (Pamphylia)

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Olbia (Ancient Greek: Ὀλβία) was the westernmost town on the coast of ancient Pamphylia, which some ancient writers place in Lycia.[1][2] Ptolemy places it between Phaselis and Attaleia.[3] Stephanus of Byzantium blames Philo for ascribing this town to Pamphylia, since, as he asserts, it was situated in the territory of the Solymi, and its real name was Olba; but the critic is here himself at fault, confounding Olbia with the Pisidian Olbasa. Strabo describes Olbia as a strong fortress, and its inhabitants colonised the Lycian town of Cadrema.[1]

Its site is located near Koruma, Asiatic Turkey.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Strabo. Geographica. xiv. pp. 666, et seq. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 5.26.
  3. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.5.2.
  4. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 65, and directory notes accompanying.
  5. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 36°52′45″N 30°39′31″E / 36.879103°N 30.658713°E / 36.879103; 30.658713