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Laodicea

Laodicea, also transliterated as Laodiceia or Laodikeia, was the name for at least seven Hellenistic cities, which were named for one of the several queens named Laodice in the Seleucid dynasty. The Greeks distinguished such cities by nicknames usually based on geography.  They include:

  • Laodiceas ad Mare in Syria (Laodicea on the Sea), now Latakia, Syria.  See Laodicea Syriae.
  • Laodicea on the Lycus, the Laodicea of the Bible, also Diospolis, Rhoas and Claudiolaodicea, in Phrygia (also Caria and Lydia), currently near Eskihisar, Denizli Province, Turkey
  • Laodicea in Media, also Laodicea in Persis and Antiochia now the tell of Nahavand, Iran
  • Laodicea Combusta, also Laodicea Catacecaumene, in Phrygia Parorea, later in Lycaonia
  • Laodicea ad Libanum, on the Orontes in Coele-Syria, now 25 km southwest of Homs, Syria
  • Laodicea, in Arcadia, Greece
  • Laodicea Pontica, in Pontus
  • Laodicea, in Mesopotamia, precise location not known, in Iraq
  • Laodicea in Phoenicia, also Laodicea in Canaan and Berytus, now Beirut, Lebanon