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An ancient Ionian city of western Asia Minor in present-day Turkey. Occupied by Greeks c. 1000 bc, it became an important trading and colonizing settlement and also flourished as a center of learning. The city declined after its harbor silted up early in the Christian era.


(Placename) an ancient city on the W coast of Asia Minor: a major Ionian centre of trade and learning in the ancient world


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an ancient city in Asia Minor, on the Aegean.
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Fischer discusses Abbiyawa's connections with other places mentioned in the Hittite texts, such as Arzawa, Wilusa, Taruisa, and Millawanda, and the latter three's possible equation with Mos, Troy, and Miletus.
Bryce's claim that the so-called Milawata Letter "almost certainly indicates that Millawanda had once more reverted to Hittite overlordship" (p.