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

  • Ephesus had not yet risen to its meridian—it was the successor of Miletus and Phocaea.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for phocaea


  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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