Sexi (Phoenician colony)

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Sexi (Ex, Sex) was a Phoenician colony at the present-day site of Almuñécar on Spain's Costa Tropical (or "Tropical Coast") .

The Roman name for the place was Sexi Firmum Iulium.


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.[1] The Barrington atlas of the ancient world equates ancient Sexi with modern Almuñécar.[2]


  1. Meadow, A.; Purefoy, P. (2002). SNG BM Spain-British Museum 2: Spain; London, The British Museum Press. No.'s 404-425.
  2. Richard J. A. Talbert et al (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Princeton University Press. Map 27, B5.

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