Basic information Coinage in the Classical Period

Ancient Greek name: Oλμοι
Latinized names: Holmi, Holmia, Holmoe, Hermia1


Basic information

Holmoi was a coastal city west of the mouth of the Kalykadnos River (the modern Göksu River) and south-west of the later founded Seleukeia on the Kalykadnos. It is identified with the modern town of Taşucu in the Silifke District of Mersin Province, Turkey.

Pseudo-Skylax, in his list of Cilician cities, describes only Holmoi and Soloi as Greek cities.2 After the foundation of the city of Seleukeia on the Kalykadnos3 sometime between c. 295 and 281 BC by the Seleukid king Seleukos I, the inhabitants of Holmoi moved or were moved there.4 However, Holmoi may have continued to serve as the harbour of Seleukeia.5

Another city of the same name existed in Phrygia.6


Coinage in the Classical Period

Silver denominations: Staters, third staters, obols and hemiobols (Persian weight standard).
Bronze denominations: One denomination.
City ethnic on coins: OΛMITIKON = “(coin) of Holmoi”, OΛMITI, OΛMITAN, OΛMIKON, OΛMI, OΛM and OΛ. There are also anepigraphic issues.
Further information: Coin Catalogue / Holmoi


1Pliny the Elder uses both the name Holmoe and Hermia (Natural History, 5.22).

2Pseudo-Skylax, Periplous, 102. He uses the term polis Hellenis (πόλις ‘Eλληνίς), where polis is used in the urban sense (Hansen and Nielsen 2004, p. 1218).

3The present-day city of Silifke, the center of the district of the same name.

4Cohen 1995, pp. 369–70. See also Pliny, Natural History, 5.22; Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, Vol. I, A.558; Strabo, Geography, 14.5.3–4.

5Hansen and Nielsen 2004, p. 1218.

6Strabo, Geography, 14.2.29


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