Choma (Lycia)

Choma (Ancient Greek: Χῶμα) was a place in the interior of ancient Lycia, according to Pliny on a river Aedesa.[1] Ptolemy places Choma as one of the four cities of the Milyas, and places it near Candyba.[2] THe town can be identified with today's village of Hacımusalar in the district of Elmalı.[3]


Since it was in the Roman province of Lycia, the bishopric of Choma was a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Myra, the province's capital. The names of three of its bishops are preserved in extant records. Pionius was at the First Council of Constantinople in 381. Eudoxius was at both the Council of Ephesus in 431 and the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and joined the other Lycian bishops in 458 in signing a letter to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian regarding the murder of Proterius of Alexandria. Nicolaus was at the Photian Council of Constantinople (879).[4][5]

No longer a residential bishopric, Choma is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[6]


  1. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 5.27.
  2. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.3.
  3. ^ George Ewart Bean, Choma (Hacimusalar) Lycia, Turkey, in: Richard Stillwell u. a. (Hrsg.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ 1976.
  4. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 983-984
  5. ^ Raymond Janin, v. Choma, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Paris 1953, col. 760
  6. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 873

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

Coordinates: 36°38′32″N 29°50′10″E / 36.64222°N 29.83616°E

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