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Chrysaoris (Ancient Greek: Χρυσαορίς) was a town of ancient Caria, perhaps afterwards called Idrias (Ἰδριάς).[1] According to Apollonius, in his Carica, it was the first city which was founded by the Lycians.[1] According to Marcus Mettius Epaphroditus, all Caria was called Chrysaoris.[1] Herodotus mentions a district in Caria, named Idrias, in which the river Marsyas (Çine Çay) had its source.[2] Later, Antiochus built the city of Stratonicea there.

Its site is tentatively located near Şahinler, Asiatic Turkey.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, Ch696.9
  2. ^ Herodotus, Histories, 5.118
  3. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 61, and directory notes accompanying.
  4. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Chrysaoris". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 37°20′33″N 28°05′48″E / 37.342419°N 28.09667°E / 37.342419; 28.09667