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An ancient Ionian Greek city of western Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea in present-day Turkey. It was an important maritime state c. 1000 to 600 bc but declined after falling to the Persians (c. 540).
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(Placename) an ancient port in Asia Minor, the northernmost of Ionian cities on the W coast of Asia Minor: an important maritime state (about 1000–600bc)
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an ancient seaport in Asia Minor: northernmost of the Ionian cities; later an important maritime state.
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