Anchiale (Ancient Greek: Ἀγχιάλη) or Anchialeia was a historic city of ancient Cilicia near modern Mersin, Turkey. It was inhabited during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.[1]

Karaduvar aqueduct
Karadıvar aqueduct in Mersin, Turkey


The main informant about Anchiale was Strabo. According to Strabo the city had been constructed by Sardanapalus, the last king of Assyria. Strabo further claims that Sardanapalus' tomb is in Anchiale. The city was conquered by Alexander the Great just before the battle of Issus.


The site of Anchiale is located near Yümüktepe in Asiatic Turkey.[1][2]


As Beaufort points out there are only a few ruins. There are a tumulus, several house ruins and an aqueduct from the original city. Bath mosaic is from Roman times.[3]


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  3. ^ Travel page (in Turkish)

Coordinates: 36°48′04″N 34°36′15″E / 36.80123°N 34.60406°E

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Anchiale, a Cretan nymph, who gave birth to the metalworking Idaean Dactyls in the Dictaean cave. She was also seen as a Titan goddess and perhaps represented the warmth of fire. She was the wife of Hecaterus.

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