Aegae (Cilicia)

Aegae or Aigai (Ancient Greek: Αἰγαὶ), or Aegaeae or Aigaiai (Αἰγαῖαι), or Aegeae or Aigeai (Αἴγεαι), was a town on the coast of ancient Cilicia, on the north side of the Bay of Issus. It is now separated from the outlet of the Pyramus (the modern Ceyhan) by a long narrow estuary called Gulf of Alexandretta. In Strabo's time it was a small city with a port.[1][2] Aegae was a Greek town, but the origin of it is unknown. A Greek inscription of the Roman period has been discovered there; and under the Roman dominion it was a place of some importance. Tacitus calls it Aegeae.[3] It was Christianised at an early date, and while no longer retaining a residential bishop, remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, under the name of Aegeae.[4]

Its site is located near the modern Yumurtalık.[5][6]


  • Zenobios and Zenobia (d. c. 290), bishop of Aegae and his sister, martyrs and Eastern Orthodox saints


  1. ^ Strabo. Geographica. p. 676. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  2. ^ Lucan 3.227.
  3. ^ Tacitus. Annals. 13.8.
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  5. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  6. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 67, and directory notes accompanying.

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

Coordinates: 36°46′11″N 35°47′22″E / 36.769676°N 35.789487°E


Aegaeae or Aigaiai (Ancient Greek: Αἰγαῖαι) may refer to:

Aigai (Aeolis), a town ancient of ancient Aeolis, now in Turkey

Aegae (Cilicia), a town ancient of ancient Cilicia, now in Turkey

Aegiae, a town of ancient Laconia, Greece


Aigai (Ancient Greek: Αἰγαί) or Latin(ized) Aegae/ Ægæ may refer to the following places and jurisdictions :

Aigai (Aeolis), ancient city and former bishopric of the Aeolian dodecapolis in Asia Prima, now Nemrutkale or Nemrut Kalesi near the modern city Aliağa in northwestern Turkey and a Latin Catholic titular

Aegae (Cilicia), ancient town of Cilicia, near modern Yumurtalık, Turkey

Aegae (Macedonia), first capital of the Classical kingdom of Macedonia, now Vergina

Aegae (Achaea), ancient settlement near present Aigeira, in Achaea

Aegae (Euboea), ancient town in Euboea, near which a sanctuary of Aegean Poseidon was built upon a hill

Aege, ancient town in Pallene, Chalcidice

Apollonius of Tyana

Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 AD), sometimes also called Apollonios of Tyana, was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Anatolia.

Zenobios and Zenobia

The Holy Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia (died ~ 290; Greek:Ζηνόβιος/Ζινόβιος κα Ζηνοβία; Σινόβιος κα Σινοβία; Latin: Zenobius et Zenobia, Cyrillic alphabet: Зиновий и Зиновия) are recognized by Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church; their day is October 30.According to the Byzantine hagiography, Zenobios and his sister Zenobia were from Aegae, Cilicia. Zenobios was a physician and because of his divine healing powers he was consecrated bishop of Aegae. They were tortured and beheaded around 290, during Diocletian's persecutions.It has been argued that the characters are legendary, possibly arisen from the confusion of the reading of martyrologies. Hippolyte Delehaye suggested a possible compilation by an unknown hagiographer who put together parts from the hagiography of Saints Cosmas and Damian with mentions of various saints named Zenobios/Zenobius.

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