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Ancient Tomi -  A city on the western shore of the Euxine (Black Sea) famous for being the place of Ovid's banishment. Ovid regarded Tomis as utterly remote from civilization (i.e. from Rome). Now the oldest city of Romania. Constanta.

Tomi or Tomis. Now Tomiswar or Jegni Pangola; a town of Thrace (subsequently Moesia), situated on the western shore of the Euxine, and at a later time the capital of Scythia Minor. It is renowned as the place of Ovid's banishment. See Ovidius. - Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers.

Constanţa (Romanian pronunciation: [konˈstant͡sa]; historical names: Tomis, Greek: Κωνστάντια or Konstantia, Turkish: Köstence, Bulgarian: Кюстенджа or Kyustendzha) is the oldest living city in Romania, founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. It is the capital of Constanţa County and the largest city in the region...The Port of Constanţa has an area of 39.26 km2 (15.16 sq mi) and a length of about 30 km (19 mi). It is the largest port on the Black Sea, and one of the largest ports in Europe.

History of Tomi. Tomis (also called Tomi) was a Greek colony in the province of Scythia Minor on the Black Sea shore, founded around 600 BC for commercial exchanges with the local Getic populations. The name may likely be derived from Greek Τομή meaning cutpiece, section. According to one myth dating from Antiquity, found in the Bibliotheca, it was founded by Aeetes: "When Aeetes discovered the daring deeds done by Medea, he started off in pursuit of the ship; but when she saw him near, Medea murdered her brother and cutting him limb from limb threw the pieces into the deep. Gathering the child's limbs, Aeetes fell behind in the pursuit; wherefore he turned back, and, having buried the rescued limbs of his child, he called the place Tomi." Another legend is recorded by Jordanes (after Cassiodorus), who ascribes the foundation of the city to a Getae queen (The origin and deeds of the Goths): "After achieving this victory (against Cyrus the Great) and winning so much booty from her enemies, Queen Tomyris crossed over into that part of Moesia which is now called Lesser Scythia - a name borrowed from Great Scythia -, and built on the Moesian shore of the Black Sea the city of Tomi, named after herself." In 29 BC the Romans captured the region from the Odryses, and annexed it as far as the Danube, under the name of Limes Scythicus. In AD 8, the Roman poet Ovid (43 BC-17) was banished here by Augustus, where he found his death eight years later. He laments his exile in Tomis in his poems: Tristia and Epistulae Ex Ponto. Tomis was "by his account a town located in a war-stricken cultural wasteland on the remotest margins of the empire". A statue of Ovid stands in the Ovid Square (Piaţa Ovidiu) of Constanţa, in front of the History Museum. A number of inscriptions found in the city and its vicinity show that Constanţa lies where Tomis once stood. - Wikipedia

Tomi (Tomis, Miletis, Metropolis), a town of Moesia Inferior, on the Euxine, bet. Constantiana and Callatis. A Milesian colony. The place of Ovid's banishment. Named from the mangled remains of Ap6yrtus. Near it is a lake called Ouvidouve Jesero, " lake of Ovid." Babba.  Classical Gazetteer

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TOMIS or TOMI (Τόμις, Strab. vii. p.319; Ov. Tr. 3.9 33; Geogr. Rav. 4.6, &c.: Τόμαι, Ptol. 3.10.8; Tomi, Plin. Nat. 4.11. s. 18; Stat. S. 1.2, 255; Itin. Ant. p. 227, &c.; in Mela, 2.2, Tomoe: we also find the Greek form Τομεύς, Steph. B. sub voce Arrian, Per. P. Eux. p. 24), a town of Lower Moesia, on the Euxine, and the capital of the district of Scythia Minor (Sozom. H. Eccl. 7.25; Hierocl. p. 637). It was situated at a distance of about 300 stadia or 36 miles from Istros or Istropolis (Anon. Per. P. Eux. p. 12; Itin. Ant. p. 227), but according to the Tab. Peut. 40 miles. It was a Milesian colony, and according to the legend the place where Medea cut up her brother's body, or where their father Aeëtes got together and buried the pieces (Ov. l.c.; Apollod. 1.9, 25; Hyg. Fab. 13.) The legend is no doubt connected with the name of the town, which, however, is still better known as the place of banishment of Ovid. Now Tomisvar or Jeni Pangola. - Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) William Smith, LLD, Ed.

 

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