Sexi (Phoenician colony)
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|Coordinates||Coordinates: 36°44′N 3°41′W / 36.733°N 3.683°W|
The Roman name for the place was Sexi Firmum Iulium. At the height of the Roman Empire, its suburbs included Pænis, Socordia and Villa Fatuus Maximus.
An ancient Phoenician settlement, whose earliest phases are archeologically 'cloudy', was located on the Southern Spanish coast, southwest of the Solorius Mons (the modern Sierra Nevada mountain range) at the present-day site of Almuñécar on Spain's Costa Tropical. From the 3rd-2nd centuries BC it issued a sizeable corpus of coinage, with many coins depicting the Phoenician/Punic god Melqart on the obverse and one or two fish on the reverse, possibly alluding to the abundance of the sea and also a principal product of the area. The Barrington atlas of the ancient world equates ancient Sexi with modern Almuñécar.