Isaura Nea

Isaura Nea (Ancient Greek: Ἴσαυρα Νέα), in Latin Isaura Nova, both meaning 'New Isaura', was a town of the Roman and Byzantine era,[1] so called in juxtaposition with the settlement of Isaura Palaea.[2] It also bore the name Leontopolis,[3] and in later days was included in the province of Lycaonia.[4]

Along with Isaura Palaea, the city was one of the two major settlements of the region of Isauria (Ἰσαυρία), now southern Turkey, and is identified with Aydoğmuş, formerly Dorla.[2]

Location of Isauria-Asia Minor Map, Classical Atlas, 1886, Keith Johnston
Location of Isauria in Asia Minor


Isaura Nea was the successor settlement to Isaura Palaea ('Old Isaura'), which had been destroyed by the Roman Servilius Isauricus (c. 75 BCE), and ceded by Rome to Amyntas of Galatia,[5] who built out of the ruins of Isaura Palaea a new city in the neighbourhood, which he surrounded with a wall; but he did not live to complete the work. In the 3rd century, Isaura NEa was the residence of the rival emperor Trebellianus;[6] but in the time of Ammianus Marcellinus nearly all traces of its former magnificence had vanished.[7]

Bishopric of Leontopolis

The city was the seat of an ancient bishopric and is mentioned in all the Notitiae Episcopatuum of the Byzantine era.[8] In the mid Byzantine period the city bishopric was merged with the older neighbouring bishopric of Isauropolis.

The Isaurian church was originally under the authority of the Patriarch of Antioch, but was attached to the Patriarch of Constantinople in the late 7th or early 8th century.[9]

Epitaphs have been found of three bishops, Theophilus, Sisamoas, and Mamas, who lived between the years 250 and 400. Three other bishops are also known, Hilarius, 381; Callistratus, somewhat later; Aetius, 451.[10] The last named bishop also bears the title of Isauropolis, the name of a city which also figures in the Hierocles's Synecdemus.[11] As no Notitiae Episcopatuum make mention of Isauropolis, Ramsay supposes that the Diocese of Isauropolis was early joined with that of Isaura Palaea which is mentioned in all the Notitiae.

The bishopric remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic church.[12]


  1. ^ Review by: W. M. R. , Reviewed Works: Apophoreta Gotoburgensia, Vildmo Lundström oblata ; Denkmäler aus Lykaonien, Pamphylien, und Isaurien by H. Swoboda, J. Keil, F. Knoll The Journal of Hellenic Studies Vol. 56, Part 2 (1936), pp. 257-261.
  2. ^ a b Tomaschitz, Kurt, "Isauria, Isauri", Brill’s New Pauly, doi:10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e527580
  3. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  4. ^ Hierocles. Synecdemus. p. 675.
  5. ^ Strabo. Geographica. xii. p. 568. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  6. ^ Trebell. Poll. XXX. Tyran. 25.
  7. ^ Ammianus Marcellinus. Res Gestae - The Later Roman Empire (AD 354–378). 14.8.
  8. ^ W. M. Ramsay, The Historical Geography of Asia Minor (2010) p429.
  9. ^ Glen Bowersock, Peter Brown, Oleg Grabar, Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, s.v. Isauria, p. 515.
  10. ^ Lequien, "Oriens christ.", I, 1085
  11. ^ ed. Parthey, 675, 12
  12. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013).

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

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