Apamea Myrlea

For namesakes, see Apamea
Apamea Myrlea
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RegionBursa Province
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Apamea Myrlea (/ˌæpəˈmiːə mərˈliːə/; Ancient Greek: Απάμεια Μύρλεια) was an ancient city and bishopric (Apamea in Bithynia) on the Sea of Marmara, in Bithynia, Anatolia; its ruins are a few kilometers south of Mudanya, Bursa Province in the Marmara Region of Asian Turkey.


To distinguish this city from the many others called Apamea,[1][2][3] the name Apamea Myrlea used here adds to the name (Apamea) it was given when rebuilt as an important city the name (Myrlea) it previously bore as a smaller town.[4] It was also referred to as Apamea Myrlēon (Apamea of Myrlea).[5]


The town was founded as a colony of the Colophonians and was called Μύρλεια (Myrleia or Myrlea). Philip V of Macedon took the town, as it appears, during his war against the king of Pergamon, and gave it to his ally, King Prusias I of Bithynia, who fortified and enlarged it – indeed almost rebuilt it[6] – around 202 BC, renaming it Ἀπάμεια (transcribed as Apameia, Apamea, or Apamia), after his wife, Apama III.[2]

Erdek Gulf today

The place was on the south coast of the Gulf of Erdek, and northwest of Bursa, then called Prusa, for which it served as a port.[1]

The Romans made Apamea a colonia, apparently in the time of Augustus, or perhaps Julius Caesar, in view of the adjective "Iulia" that appear on its coins under Roman rule.[2] Its earlier coins were stamped Ἀπαμέων Μυρλεάνων, but in Roman times they bore the label C.I.C.A. (= Colonia Iulia Concordia Apamea).[7]

When Pliny the Younger was governor of Bithynia, he consulted Trajan about a claim by the colonia not to have its accounts of receipts and expenditures examined by the Roman governor.[2]

A passage of Ulpian shows use of the adjectival form of the name was Apamenus: "Apamena: est in Bithynia colonia Apamena.[2]

Ecclesiastical history

This Apamea in the Late Roman province of Bithynia became the seat of a Christian bishop in the 4th century and was at first a suffragan of Nicaea, but became an autocephalous archdiocese some time before the Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic) in 869, at which its archbishop Paulus took part.[8][9]

Titular see

No longer a residential bishopric, Apamea in Bithynia is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see,[10] of the intermediary Archiepiscopal rank.

Since the Latin Catholic archdiocese was thus nominally restored (in ?1633), it has had the following archiepiscopal incumbents, but is vacant since decades :


  1. ^ a b Hogarth, David George (1911). "Apamea s.v. 4" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). p. 159.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Apameia" in William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854)
  3. ^ See also the disambiguation page Apamea
  4. ^ Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, entry "Ăpămēa"
  5. ^ William Smith, A Classical Dictionary, p. 83
  6. ^ William Smith, A Classical Dictionary, p. 581
  7. ^ Asia Minor Coins - ancient coins of Apamea
  8. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 655-658
  9. ^ Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica, Vol. 2, p. 235
  10. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 834

Sources and external links

Further reading

Apama III

Apama III, sometimes known as Apame III (Ancient Greek: Ἀπάμα, born c. 250 BC, flourished 3rd and 2nd century BC) was a Greek princess from the Antigonid dynasty.

Apama was of Greek Macedonian and Persian descent. She was the child born to the King Demetrius II Aetolicus and Queen Stratonice of Macedon. Her paternal grandparents were the Antigonid Monarchs Antigonus II Gonatas and Phila, while her maternal grandparents were the Seleucid Monarchs Antiochus I Soter and Stratonice of Syria. From her father’s second marriage, she had a younger paternal half-brother called Philip V of Macedon who would eventually succeed as king. Apama was the namesake of her maternal aunt Apama II, who was the wife of King Magas of Cyrene and mother of the Ptolemaic Queen Berenice II. Apama was born and raised in Macedonia.

Her father formed an alliance with the Greek King of Anatolia Prusias I of Bithynia. Apama later married Prusias I and through her marriage, became Queen of Bithynia. Apama bore Prusias I, a son and his successor called Prusias II of Bithynia, sometimes known as Prusias II Cynegus, Cynegus means the Hunter.Her husband was also an ally to her half brother, Philip V. After Philip V, took the port city of Prusa, her husband rebuilt the city around 202 BC and renamed the city Apamea Myrlea, which still bears her name. Her daughter-in-law was her niece and namesake Apame IV. Apame IV was one of the daughters of her half brother and later married her son.


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Tirilye is a town in Bursa Province, Turkey, situated 12 km (7.46 mi) west of Mudanya. It is a country along the Marmara Sealine. The area, which was inhabited since the 8th century BC, was formerly known as Τρίγλεια, Trianomia or Βρύλλειον, Brylleion in Greek. When demand for the products of Southern Marmara from the ancient world increased, ports have been constructed in Kios (Gemlik), Kurşunlu, Apamea Myrlea(Mudanya), Siği (Kumyaka), and Trilye (Zeytinbağı) and the region boomed. The most important historical structure in Trilye(Triglia) is that of the Byzantine Haghioi Theodoroi Church, known today as the Fatih Mosque. Mudanya, a residential and commercial development in this township is under state protection as a historical site.

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Churches and monasteries were constructed in Trigleia and its surroundings on the patronage of Byzantine Emperors.

Only 2500 people currently live in the town due to the impact of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Only the ruins of the Byzantines remain, the ruins of old Byzantine churches. Greek houses built at the end of the 19th century prior to the Genocide line the remaining streets. Nevertheless, the town is under the protection of the Ministry of Culture so no one can destroy the old houses or rebuild them in a different style than the original one. The place is known for its olives and had historically been inhabited by Greek artisans engaged in the silk trade. 'Zeytingbagi' means 'olive yard'.

Üçayaklı ruins

The Üçayaklı ruins are in Mersin Province, Turkey.

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