Město Antalya je mladší ve srovnání s ostatními historických měst v nějaké oblasti (Pokračovat, Strana, Aspendos, atd.) To bylo založeno v Pergamon králem “Attalos” v 158 B.C. a byl pojmenován po svém zakladateli (Attaleia). Jeho současný název je stejný, jen s nepatrnou změnou výslovnosti.
Antiokhos III., který byl Oen králů “Seleukos kingdom”, one of the kingdoms founded in the period called by the historians as “Hellenistic period”, was defeated in the battle against the Roman and Pergamon armies (Magnesia, 190 Před našim letopočtem) and had to undersign the treaty of “Apameia” (188). Meanwhile, the Roman army (commanded bye the consul Manlius Vulso), který vstoupil Anatolia potrestat vzpurný “Galatians, had turned this into a campaign of collecting the tribute. He collected money from the cities in Antalya region, made agreements with those and provided them the guarantee of Rome for independence.
V 158 Před našim letopočtem, the Pergamon king “Attalos II.” partially captured Antalya region, but the guarantee of independence provided to the cities by Rome, the ally of Pergamon kingdom, was making him unable to do anything.
Having realized that he would not be able to make use of the sea ports on the shores of Pamphylia, Attalos founded the sea port city of “Attaleia” (today’s Antalya) in his own name.
When the sovereign Pergamon king left his kingdom to Rome by his will in 133 Před našim letopočtem, Antalya region was taken under the sovereignty of Rome.
Antalya would live under the Roman, Byzantský, Seljuk and Ottoman sovereignties, and while the other sea port cities disappeared one by one in time, this city would develop parallel to the socio-economical competition, and become the most prominent city of the region.