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Philaea or Philaia (Ancient Greek: Φιλαία), also called Palaeae or Palaiai and Palaea or Palaia, was a town on the coast of ancient Cilicia mentioned in the Stadiasmus Maris Magni.[1]

Its site is located near Tahta Limanı (on Eğribük bay) in Asiatic Turkey.[2][3] Although there are very few ruins, an underwater survey reveals that most of the ruins are submerged in the water.[4] There is also a necropolis. Judging from the grave types it is believed that Philaea was a Roman town.[5]


  1. ^ Stadiasmus Maris Magni, §§ 183, 184.
  2. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying. ISBN 978-0-691-03169-9.
  3. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  4. ^ Mersin Ören yerleri,Kaleleri, Müzeleri ISBN 978-605-4196-07-4 p.252 (in Turkish)
  5. ^ Archaeology blog (in Turkish)

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

36°15′03″N 33°48′31″E / 36.250897°N 33.808547°E / 36.250897; 33.808547