Discovered 1853 Apr. 6 by J. Chacornac at Marseilles.
Named after a maritime town of Ionia in Asia Minor with colonies in Italy, Spain, and France. Beset by the tyrant Haspages a group of the inhabitants built Massalia (Marseilles, see planet (20)), sometimes designated Phocaica, about 600 B.C. (H 5; AN 36, 279 (1853))
Named by B. Valz.