Sexi (Phoenician colony)
|Part of||Phoenician colonies|
|Founded||3rd century BC|
|Abandoned||2nd century BC|
The Roman name for the p
lace was Sexi Firmum Iulium. At the height of the Roman Empire, its suburbs included Paenis, Socordia, and Villa Fatuus Maximus.
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. The Barrington atlas of the ancient world equates ancient Sexi with modern Almuñécar.
- Huss, Werner (1985), Geschichte der Karthager, Munich: C.H. Beck. (in German)
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