Ada of Caria

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Reign 344–340 BC; 334-326 BC
Satrap of Caria
Predecessor Idrieus
Successor Pixodarus
Queen of Caria
Predecessor Orontobates
Successor Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon
Consort Idrieus
House Hecatomnids
Father Hecatomnus
Agora of Alinda, Ada's Stronghold.

Ada of Caria (Ancient Greek: Ἄδα) (fl. 377 – 326 BC)[1] was a member of the House of Hecatomnus (the Hecatomnids) and ruler of Caria in the 4th century BC, first as Persian Satrap and later as Queen under the auspices of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon.

Ada was the daughter of Hecatomnus, satrap of Caria, and sister of Mausolus, Artemisia, Idrieus, and Pixodarus. She was married to her brother Idrieus, who succeeded Artemisia in 351 BC and died in 344 BC. On the death of her husband Ada became satrap of Caria, but was expelled by her brother Pixodarus in 340 BC. Ada fled to the fortress of Alinda, where she maintained her rule in exile.

When Alexander the Great entered Caria in 334 BC, Ada adopted Alexander as her son and surrendered Alinda to him. In return, Alexander accepted the offer and gave Ada formal command of the Siege of Halicarnassus.[2] After the fall of Halicarnassus, Alexander returned Alinda and made Ada queen of the whole of Caria.[3] Ada's popularity with the populace in turn ensured the Carians' loyalty to Alexander.

According to Turkish archaeologists, the tomb of Ada has been discovered, although this claim remains unresolved. Her remains are on display in the archaeological museum of Bodrum.[4]


  1. ^ 377 BC is the date of her father's death: Gardner, Percy (1918). A History of Ancient Coinage, 700-300 B.C. Clarendon Press: Oxford University. p. 303. 
  2. ^ "Geography". Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Wikisource:The Anabasis of Alexander/Book I/Chapter XXIII#64
  4. ^ "Carian Princess Hall". Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 


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  • Stephen Ruzicka, Politics of a Persian dynasty : the Hecatomnids in the fourth century B.C. (1992)
  • Simon Hornblower, Mausolus (1982)
  • George E. Bean (1971). Turkey beyond the Maeander ISBN 0-87471-038-3. Frederick A. Praeger, London. 
  • Wiki Classical Dictionary: Ada
  • Livius, Ada by Jona Lendering
  • Ada from Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1867)
  • Photos of Halicarnassus Includes a picture of the skeleton of Ada.