[ foh-see-uh ]

  1. an ancient seaport in Asia Minor: northernmost of the Ionian cities; later an important maritime state.

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How to use Phocaea in a sentence

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

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  • 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.

  • But for fifty years after this time the new Phocaea would or could furnish no more than three ships of war.

British Dictionary definitions for Phocaea


/ (fəʊˈsiːə) /

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

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