Laodicea Combusta

Laodicea Combusta

Laodicea Combusta

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Laodicea or Laodicea Combusta – ), also transliterated as Laodiceia or Laodikeia; also Laodikeia Katakekaumenê and Λαοδίκεια Κεκαυμένη; later Claudiolaodicea – was a Hellenistic city in central Anatolia, in the region of Pisidia; its site is currently occupied by Ladik, Konya Province, in the Asian part of Turkey.

Laodicea was one of the five cities built by Seleucus I Nicator, and named after his mother Laodice. Its surname () is derived by Strabo ( Researches, ii. p. 194. asserts that there is not a particle of volcanic or igneous rock in the neighbourhood; and it may be added that if such were the case, the town would rather have been called, in Greek, Laodikeia tês katakekaumenês. The most probable solution undoubtedly is, that the town was at one time destroyed by fire, and that on being rebuilt it received the distinguishing surname. It was situated to the northwest of Iconium (now Konya), on the high road leading from the west coast to Melitene on the Euphrates. Some ancient authors describe it as situated in LycaoniaStephanus of Byzantium s. v.; Strabo xiv. p. 663. and others as a town of Pisidia, Socrates, Hist. Eccl. vi. 18; Hierocles p. 672., and Ptolemy places it in Galatia; but this...
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