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Soli

Soli, ancient city of Cilicia, SW of Tarsus, in present-day Turkey. It was founded c.700 B.C. by colonists from Rhodes. An important port at the time of Alexander the Great, Soli was destroyed in the 1st cent. B.C. by Tigranes of Armenia. It was rebuilt by Pompey, who called it Pompeiopolis. The word solecism is derived from the corrupt dialect of Greek spoken by the people of Soli.

Ancient seaport, Anatolia. Located in what is now south-central Turkey, it was founded by Greek colonists from Rhodes and was a principal city of Cilicia. It was later conquered by Alexander the Great (333 BC). Destroyed in the 1st century BC by Tigranes II of Armenia, it was rebuilt by the Roman general Pompey the Great. Traces of the port's artificial harbour and a portion of a long colonnade remain.

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Soli or Soloi (Greek: Σόλοι) is an ancient Greek city in the island of Cyprus, located south-west of Morphou and on the coast in the gulf of Morphou and dates back to about the 6th century BC. Since the 1974 Turkish invasion the city has resided in the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (recognised only by Turkey). Originally, Soloi was located, in a much constricted geographical location. At his current location, the whole urban center was designed by Solon, after whom the name is, during his 10 year trip. Soloi was one of the ten city-kingdoms into which Cyprus was divided at the time.

What remains today is mainly from the Roman period, most notably the mosaic floor of the basilica with its wealth of birds, animals and geometric designs and a picture of a swan. There is a theatre but it has been restored so much that it no longer has any atmosphere of its original age.

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The city Soloi of Cilicia and solecism

There is also another city by the same name, Soli, Cilicia. The Athenians considered their dialect as uncultured and used the word σόλοικος to refer to incorrect speech, hence the English word solecism.

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