Selinus (Cilicia)

Selinus or Selinous (Ancient Greek: Σελινοῦς) was a port-town on the west coast of ancient Cilicia and later of Isauria, at the mouth of a small river of the same name, now called Musa Çay.[1][2][3][4][5] This town is memorable in history as the place where the emperor Trajan is said by some authors to have died in 117 CE.[6] After this event the place for a time bore the name of Trajanopolis or Traianopolis; but its bishops afterwards are called bishops of Selinus.[7] Basil of Seleucia describes the place as reduced to a state of insignificance in his time,[8] though it had once been a great commercial town.[9] Selinus was situated on a precipitous rock, surrounded on almost every side by the sea, by which position it was rendered almost impregnable. The whole of the rock, however, was not included in the ancient line of fortifications; inside the walls there still are many traces of houses, but on the outside, and between the foot of the hill and the river, the remains of some large buildings are yet standing, which appear to be a mausoleum, an agora, a theatre, an aqueduct, and some tombs. No longer a residential bishopric, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.[10]

Its site is located near Gazipaşa, in Asiatic Turkey.[11][12]


  1. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax; Livy. Ab Urbe Condita Libri (History of Rome). 33.20.
  3. ^ Strabo. Geographica. xiv. p. 682. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  4. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.8.2, 8.17.42.
  5. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 5.22.
  6. ^ Cassius Dio. Historia Romana (Roman History). 68.33.
  7. ^ Hierocles. Synecdemus. p. 709.
  8. ^ Basil of Seleucia, Vita S. Theclae, 2.17.
  9. ^ Stadiasmus Maris Magni §§ 203, 204; Lucan 8.260; Chron. Paschale, p. 253.
  10. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  11. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 66, and directory notes accompanying.
  12. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 36°15′30″N 32°16′59″E / 36.25827°N 32.28296°E

Selinus (disambiguation)

Selinus may refer to:

Selinunte, a city of ancient SicilyBattle of Selinus, fought near the citySelinus (Cilicia), a city of ancient Cilicia, in Asia Minor

Selinus (Laconia), a village of ancient Laconia, Greece

Selinus (Sporades), a town of the ancient Sporades islands in Greece

Selinus, ancient name of the Selinountas (river), Greece

Selinus (mythology), a figure in Greek mythology

Timeline of Cluj-Napoca

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The following detailed sequence of events covers the timeline of Cluj-Napoca, a city in Transylvania, Romania.

Cluj-Napoca (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkluʒ naˈpoka] (listen), German: Klausenburg; Hungarian: Kolozsvár, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkoloʒvaːr] (listen); Medieval Latin: Castrum Clus, Claudiopolis; and Yiddish: קלויזנבורג‎, Kloiznburg), commonly known as Cluj, is located in the Someșul Mic River valley, roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 kilometres (201 miles)), Budapest (351 km (218 mi)) and Belgrade (322 km (200 mi)). Throughout its long history, the area around Cluj-Napoca was part of many empires and kingdoms, including the Roman Empire (as part of the Dacia province and later a sub-division of Dacia Porolissensis), Gepidia, Avaria, the Hungarian Kingdom, the Habsburg Monarchy, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Romania. From 1790–1848 and 1861–1867, it was the official capital of the Grand Principality of Transylvania.

In modern times, the city holds the status of municipiu, is the seat of Cluj County in the north-western part of Romania, and continues to be considered the unofficial capital of the historical province of Transylvania. Cluj continues to be one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the country's largest university, Babeș-Bolyai University, with its famous botanical garden. The current boundaries of the municipality contain an area of 179.52 square kilometres (69.31 sq mi). The Cluj-Napoca metropolitan area has a population of 411,379 people, while the population of the peri-urban area (Romanian: zona periurbană) exceeds 420,000 residents, making it one of the most populous cities in Romania.


Trajan (; Latin: Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Divi Nervae filius Augustus; 18 September 53 – 8 August 117) was Roman emperor from 98 to 117. Officially declared by the Senate optimus princeps ("the best ruler"), Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.

Trajan was born in the city of Italica (close to modern Sevilla, Spain), an Italic settlement in the province of Hispania Baetica. Although misleadingly designated by some later writers as a provincial, his family came from Umbria and he was born a Roman citizen. Trajan rose to prominence during the reign of emperor Domitian. Serving as a legatus legionis in Hispania Tarraconensis, in 89 Trajan supported Domitian against a revolt on the Rhine led by Antonius Saturninus. In September 96, Domitian was succeeded by Marcus Cocceius Nerva, an old and childless senator who proved to be unpopular with the army. After a brief and tumultuous year in power, culminating in a revolt by members of the Praetorian Guard, Nerva was compelled to adopt the more popular Trajan as his heir and successor. He died on 27 January 98 and was succeeded by his adopted son without incident.

As a civilian administrator, Trajan is best known for his extensive public building program, which reshaped the city of Rome and left numerous enduring landmarks such as Trajan's Forum, Trajan's Market and Trajan's Column. Early in his reign, he annexed the Nabataean Kingdom, creating the province of Arabia Petraea. His conquest of Dacia enriched the empire greatly, as the new province possessed many valuable gold mines.

Trajan's war against the Parthian Empire ended with the sack of the capital Ctesiphon and the annexation of Armenia and Mesopotamia. His campaigns expanded the Roman Empire to its greatest territorial extent. In late 117, while sailing back to Rome, Trajan fell ill and died of a stroke in the city of Selinus. He was deified by the Senate and his ashes were laid to rest under Trajan's Column. He was succeeded by his cousin Hadrian, whom Trajan supposedly adopted on his deathbed.

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