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Asia minor 400AD

Mostene (Μοστήνη), also called Mosteni or Mostenoi (Μοστηνοί), or Mostina (Μόστινα), or Mustene or Moustene (Μουστήνη), is a Roman and Byzantine era city in the Hyrcanian plain of ancient Lydia.[1] The town minted its own coin of which many examples exist today.[2] In 17 CE the city was hit by a earthquake[3] and was assisted with relief from Tiberius.

There is debate, based on a line in Tacitus,[4] over whether Mostene was a Macedonian Colony. Cranmer[5] argues for the Macedonian ethnos while Getzel M. Cohen[6] argues for a native Lydian population.

Its site is tentatively located near Sancaklı Bozköy in Asiatic Turkey.[7][8]

Mostene was also the site of a Bishopric. The diocese belonged to the ecclesiastical province of Sardis and remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church to this day .[9] The diocese was suffragan of the ecclesiastical province of Sardis under Patriarchate of Constantinople.


  1. ^ Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.2.16.
  2. ^ Ancient Coinage of Lydia, Mostene.
  3. ^ Tacitus. Annales. 2.47.3.
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annals II.47
  5. ^ John Anthony Cramer, A Geographical and Historical Description of Asia Minor, Volume 1 (The University Press, 1832).p428
  6. ^ Getzel M. Cohen, p219.
  7. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying.
  8. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  9. ^ []

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Mosteni". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.