Timici was a Phoenician, Carthaginian, and Roman town located in present-day Sidi Bu Sayb, Algeria.[1]


Timici is a latinization of the town's Punic name TMKY (𐤕𐤌𐤊‬𐤉).[2][1]


Timici minted its own bronze coins with Punic legends.[2]

Under the Romans, Timici was a native town (civitas) in the province of Mauretania Caesariensis.[3]

The town was previously identified with the ruins at Aïn Témouchent,[4] which were actually the remnants of Roman Albulae.


Timici was the seat of a Christian bishop in antiquity. Three of them appear in the surviving historical record. The title fell into abeyance during the Islamic conquest of the Maghreb but was revived as a Roman Catholic titular see (Latin: Dioecesis Timicitana) in the 20th century.[5][6]

List of bishops



  1. ^ a b Filigheddu (2006), pp. 218–219.
  2. ^ a b Head & al. (1911), p. 890.
  3. ^ Timici at gcatholic.org.
  4. ^ Fey, Henri Léon (1859), "Timici Colonia (Aïn-Temouchent de l'Ouest)", Revue Africaine, No.18, pp. 420–435, including "Plan de Timici Colonia (Aïn Temouchent)". (in French)
  5. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig, (1931), p. 469.
  6. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, (Brescia, 1816), p. 325.
  7. ^ Timici at gcatholic.org.
  8. ^ Entry titolare at catholic-hierarchy.org.


  • Filigheddu, Paolo (2007), "Die Ortsnamen des Mittelmeerraums in der Phönizischen und Punischen Überlieferung", Ugarit-Forschungen: Internationales Jahrbuch für die Altertumskunde Syrien-Palästinas, Vol. 38 2006, Munster: Ugarit Verlag, pp. 149–266. (in German)
  • Head, Barclay; et al. (1911), "Mauretania", Historia Numorum (2nd ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 887–890.

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