Sagalassos overview
Region Anatolia
Latitude 37.67594181 N suggest info
Longitude 30.51874496 E
Status Accurate location
Info Human settlement in the area goes back to 8000 BCE, before the actual site was occupied. Hittite documents refer to a mountain site of Salawassa in the fourteenth century BCE and the town spread during the Phrygian and Lydian cultures. Sagalassos was part of the region of Pisidia in the western part of the Taurus Mountains. During the Persian period, Pisidia became known for its warlike factions.

Sagalassos was one of the wealthiest cities in Pisidia when Alexander the Great conquered it in 333 BCE on his way to Persia. It had a population of a few thousand. After Alexander's death, the region became part of territories of Antigonus Monophthalmus, possibly Lysimachus of Thrace, the Seleucids of Syria and the Attalids of Pergamon. Archeological record indicates that locals rapidly adopted Hellenic culture.

The Roman Empire absorbed Pisidia after the Attalids and it became part of province of Asia. In 39 BCE it was handed out to Galatian client king Amyntas but after he was killed in 25 BCE, Rome turned Pisidia into the province of Galatia. Under the Roman Empire, Sagalassos became the important urban center of Pisidia, particularly favoured by the Emperor Hadrian, who named it the "first city" of the province and the center of the imperial cult. Contemporary buildings have a fully Roman character.
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37.675942, 30.518745 === 37.675942 N, 30.518745 E === 37° 40' 33.4" N, 30° 31' 7.5" E
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Nearest sites Kremna, circa 24.8 km (15.4 mi) south-east
Seleucia Sidera, Claudioseleucia, Selef, circa 26.4 km (16.4 mi) north-east
Ariassos, circa 55.2 km (34.3 mi) south
Adada, circa 42.5 km (26.4 mi) east
Apameia, Apamea Cibotus, Apamea ad Maeandrum, circa 53.7 km (33.4 mi) north-west
Perga, Pamphylia, circa 85.1 km (52.9 mi) south-east
Attalia, Antalya, circa 89.3 km (55.5 mi) south
Antioch Pisidia, circa 91.3 km (56.7 mi) north-east
Aspendos, circa 100.1 km (62.2 mi) south-east
Beycesultan, circa 96.5 km (59.9 mi) north-west
Akait Höyügü, circa 111.9 km (69.5 mi) north-east
Eflatunpinar, circa 103 km (64 mi) east
Side, circa 127.1 km (79 mi) south-east
Blaundos, circa 137.5 km (85.4 mi) north-west
Colossae, circa 111.4 km (69.2 mi) west
Myra, circa 165.4 km (102.8 mi) south
Limyra, circa 151.4 km (94.1 mi) south
Hierapolis, circa 125.4 km (77.9 mi) west
Laodicea, Rhoas, Diospolis, Denizli, circa 125.3 km (77.8 mi) west
Kanal Höyük, circa 127.7 km (79.3 mi) east
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Database ID 6960, created 6 May 2012, 17:43, Last changed 6 May 2012, 17:44