APOLLONIA, the name of more than thirty cities of antiquity.
The most important are the following: (1) An Illyrian city
(known as Apollonia κατ᾽ Έπίδαμνον or πρὸς Έπιδάμνῳ) on the
right bank of the Aous, founded by the Corinthians and Corcyraeans.
It soon became a place of increasing commercial
prosperity, as the most convenient link between Brundusium
and northern Greece, and as one of the starting-points of the
Via Egnatia. It was an important military post in the wars
against Philip and during the civil wars of Pompey and Caesar,
and towards the close of the Roman republic acquired fame as a
seat of literature and philosophy. Here Augustus was being
educated when the death of Caesar called him to Rome. It
seems to have sunk with the rise of Aulon, and few remains of its
ruins are to be found. The monastery of Pollina stands on a hill
which probably is part of the site of the old city. (2) A Thracian
city on the Black Sea (afterwards Sozopolis, and now Sizeboli),
colonized by the Milesians, and famous for its colossal statue of
Apollo by Calamis, which Lucullus removed to Rome.
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