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[foh-see-uh] /foʊˈsi ə/
an ancient seaport in Asia Minor: northernmost of the Ionian cities; later an important maritime state. Unabridged
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  • Ephesus had not yet risen to its meridian—it was the successor of Miletus and Phocaea.

  • Phocaea was one of the first Greek cities whose mariners explored the shores of the western Mediterranean.

  • After halting here a few days for the purpose chiefly of refreshing the rowers, they sailed over to Phocaea.

  • They afterwards brought round the fleet to the city of Chios, and having taken in provisions there, sailed over to Phocaea.

  • These strangers were the inhabitants of Phocaea, that had fled from their town when it was besieged by Cyrus king of Persia.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • The year following is the year in which the temple of Athena, in Phocaea, was struck by lightning and set on fire.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Then the Phocaeans turned their course back to Phocaea; Harpagus had taken possession of the empty city and left a garrison in it.

  • Harpagus is said to have burnt Phocaea, thus punishing the houses and temples for the attack on the garrison.

  • The ruin of Phocaea also aided the trade of Miletus which had suffered neither war nor siege.

British Dictionary definitions for Phocaea


an ancient port in Asia Minor, the northernmost of Ionian cities on the W coast of Asia Minor: an important maritime state (about 1000–600bc)
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