Laodicea is one of several Greek cities of the same name in Asia and Asia Minor built by the Seleucids during the third century BC. The biblical Laodicea—designated “Laodicea on the Lycus” (Laodicea ad Lycum)—was located in Phrygia’s Lycus Valley, north of Colossae near present-day Denizli, south of the modern village of Goncalї and north of the village of Eskihisar. The city was situated on a plateau between two small rivers: the Asopus on the west and the Caprus on the east.  The historian Pliny tells us that prior to the Seleucid period, the town was known as Diospolis and Rhoas.