This article needs additional citations for
. (March 2013)
The geographical location of the ancient city Soli
of Cilicia in a modern map of Turkey. The red dot shows the position of
. At the present scale, it coincides with the position of Soli which is slightly on the west.
Greek: Σόλοι, Soloi) was an ancient city and port in
Cilicia, in present-day
Turkey, a part of
Mezitli municipality which in turn is a part of Greater
Mersin. It was a colony of
Rhodes, founded c. 700 BC. Soli was destroyed in the 1st century BC, and rebuilt by
Pompey the Great. Thereafter, it was called Pompeiopolis (
Greek: Πομπηιούπολις), not to be confused with the
Paphlagonia. The word
solecism is derived from Soli, since the dialect of Greek spoken there was considered by Athenians to be a corrupted form of
Charles Robert Cockrell visited the site of 'Pompeiopolis' in June 1813. Examination of his travel intinery and the archaeological remains present along the coastline of southern Turkey, suggests that Soloi-Pompeiopolis is located at Elaiussa-Sebaste.