Sexi (Phoenician colony)

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Sexi (Phoenician colony) is located in Spain
Sexi (Phoenician colony)
Shown within Spain
LocationAlmuñécar, Spain
Coordinates36°44′N 3°41′W / 36.733°N 3.683°W / 36.733; -3.683Coordinates: 36°44′N 3°41′W / 36.733°N 3.683°W / 36.733; -3.683
Part ofPhoenician colonies
Founded3rd century BC
Abandoned2nd century BC

Sexi (Punic: 𐤑‬𐤊‬𐤑‬, ṢKṢ),[1] also known as Ex and Sex,[citation needed] was a Phoenician colony at the present-day site of Almuñécar on southeastern Spain's Mediterranean coast.

The Roman name for the place was Sexi Firmum Iulium.


The ancient Phoenician settlement, whose earliest phases are unclear, was located southwest of the Solorius Mons (the modern Sierra Nevada mountain range). From the 3rd-2nd centuries BC it issued a sizable corpus of coinage, with many coins depicting the Phoenico-Punic god Melqart on the obverse and one or two fish on the reverse, possibly alluding to the abundance of the sea and also a principal product of the area.[2] The Barrington atlas of the ancient world equates ancient Sexi with modern Almuñécar.[3]



  1. ^ Huss (1985), p. 560.
  2. ^ Meadow, A.; Purefoy, P. (2002). SNG BM Spain-British Museum 2: Spain; London, The British Museum Press. No.'s 404-425.
  3. ^ Richard J. A. Talbert et al (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Princeton University Press. Map 27, B5.


  • Huss, Werner (1985), Geschichte der Karthager, Munich: C.H. Beck. (in German)