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Asia Minor in Antiquity

Pisidia ( Greek  Πισιδία , Latin Pisidia ) was in ancient times the name of a hard to reach area of west Taurus Mountains in southwestern Asia Minor , the geographically between the coastal plain in Antalya in the south and the lakes around Burdur extended to the north.

Pisidia bordered Lycaonia and Isauria to the east, Pamphylia and Lycia to the south, Caria to the west and Phrygia to the north . Important places were Adada , Antioch , Apollonia , Kremna , Sagalassos , Selge , Termessos and Timbriada .

The inhabitants of Pisidia, the Pisidians or Pisiders, described in ancient sources as belligerent, could not be ruled by either the Persians or Alexander the Great as mountain people with their fortified fortifications . After they were at least formally subject to the Seleucids , their territory belonged to from 188 BC. To the kingdom of Pergamon and fell in 39 BC. In Galatia . In the year 25 BC Pisidia finally became part of the Roman province of Galatia , but Roman rule was not absolute.

For the language of the inhabitants of Pisidia see Pisidic language .


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  • Xavier de Planhol: De la plaine pamphylienne aux lacs pisidiens. Nomadisme et vie paysanne . Paris 1958. (Bibliothèque Archéologique et Historique de l'Institut Français d'archéologie d'Istanbul, 3)
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  • Hartwin Brandt : History and economy of Pamphylia and Pisidia in antiquity . Bonn 1992. (Asia Minor Studies, 7) ISBN 3-7749-2554-2
  • Elmar Schwertheim (Ed.): Research in Pisidia . Bonn 1992. (Asia Minor Studies, 6) ISBN 3-7749-2524-0

Coordinates: 38 °  N , 31 °  E