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Coordinates: 36°24′36.9″N 29°11′30.1″E / 36.410250°N 29.191694°E / 36.410250; 29.191694
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36°24′36.9″N 29°11′30.1″E / 36.410250°N 29.191694°E / 36.410250; 29.191694 Sidyma (Ancient Greek: Σίδυμα), was a town of ancient Lycia, at what is now the small village of Dudurga Asari in Muğla Province, Turkey. It lies on the southern slope of Mount Cragus, to the north-west of the mouth of the Xanthus.


Sidyma was mentioned in the 1st century BC by Alexander Polyhistor, and later by Pliny the Elder, Stephanus of Byzantium, the Synecdemus, and the Notitiae Episcopatuum. Its extant remains are of the time of the Roman Empire, when it was an unimportant but flourishing city, and no Lycian inscriptions have been discovered there and there are no Lycian rock tombs, but its name seems to indicate an earlier origin. Above the present ruins, which lie in a valley, is a wall that may indicate the existence on the hill of a city of which no traces remain.[1][2]

The one coin of Sidyma that has been found is of the type of the Lycian League.[1]

It is related that the future Byzantine Emperor Marcian, when still a simple soldier, fell asleep while resting on a hunt near Sidyma, and was found to be sheltered by a large eagle, a presage of his future elevation.[3]


The ruins of Sidyma, high up on the southern slope of Mount Cragus, were first discovered by Charles Fellows, who described them as consisting chiefly of splendidly built tombs, abounding in Greek inscriptions. The town itself, he said, appeared to have been very small, and the theatre, agora and temples, were of diminutive size, but of great beauty.[2][4] The theatre is now "badly damaged",[5] "in wretched condition".[1]

Ecclesiastical history[edit]


Sidyma became a Christian bishopric, a suffragan of the Metropolitan see of Mira, the capital of the Roman province of Lycia. The bishop of Sidyma ranked tenth under the metropolitan of Myra.[6]

The diocese continued to appear in the Notitiae Episcopatuum until the 13th century.[7][8][9]

Titular see[edit]

No longer a residential bishopric, Sidyma is today listed by the Catholic Church as a Latin titular bishopric,[10] the diocese being nominally revived in the 19th century.

Bishop Turgeon.

It is vacant for decades, having had the following incumbents, of the lowest (episcopal) rank :

  • Antoine Missirli (1808.03.18 – 1824.10.16)
  • Pierre-Flavien Turgeon (1834.02.28 – 1850.10.03), as Coadjutor Archbishop of Québec (Canada) (1834.02.28 – 1850.10.03), later succeeded as Metropolitan Archbishop of Québec (1850.10.03 – 1867.08.25)
  • Joseph Freusberg (1854.04.07 – 1889.11.14)
  • Theophile Meerschaert (1891.06.02 – 1905.08.23)
  • János Ivánkovits (1905.12.11 – 1910.03.31)
  • Paul-Leon-Cornelius Montaigne (满德胎), Lazarists (C.M.) (1924.11.25 – 1962.01.09)
  • Michele Federici (1962.09.22 – 1963.10.27) as Coadjutor Bishop of Melfi (Italy) (1962.09.22 – 1963.10.27), later Archbishop of Santa Severina (Italy) (1963.10.27 – 1973.12.21), Archbishop-Bishop of Ferentino (Italy) (1973.12.21 – 1980.11.23), Archbishop-Bishop of Veroli–Frosinone (Italy) (1973.12.21 – 1980.11.23)
  • Karl Reiterer, Mill Hill Missionaries (M.H.M.) (1967.02.09 – 1974.12.30)


  1. ^ a b c O.G. Bean, "SIDYMA (Dudurga Asari) Lycia, Turkey" in Richard Stillwell et alii, The Princeton Encyclopaedia of Classical Sites (Princeton University Press 1976)
  2. ^ a b William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854)
  3. ^ "Explore Turkey, Lycia, Sidyma". Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  4. ^ C. Fellows, Lycia (1840) 151-56; E. Petersen & F. von Luschan, Reisen in Lykien (1889) I 57–83; TAM II.1 (1920) 60–62.
  5. ^ James Bainbridge, Lonely Planet Guide to Turkey 2010 ISBN 9781742203867), p. 372
  6. ^ O E Bean, Sidmya at The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites.
  7. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 973–974
  8. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 449
  9. ^ Sophrone Pétridès, v. Sidyma, Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XIII, New York 1912
  10. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 971

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