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Hyllarima (Ancient Greek: Ὑλλάριμα) was an inland town of ancient Caria, inhabited during Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine times.[1] Hyllarima is one of the find-sites of inscriptions and is the type-site of one variant of the Carian alphabets. It was under Rhodian domination between 189 and 167 B.C. It had a number of rural sanctuaries, of which the most notable is that of Zeus Hyllos.[2]

Hyllarima was the seat of a bishop in antiquity; no longer a residential bishop, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.[3]

Its site is located near Mesevle in Asiatic Turkey.[1][4]

It has been noted that large historic theaters are still visible within the ruins, but there has yet to be any excavations of the site.[4] While there is no evidence of prehistoric habitation, based on the location historians believe there is potential.[4]


  1. ^ a b Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 61, and directory notes accompanying.
  2. ^ Hyllarima (Caria)
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  4. ^ a b c Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

Coordinates: 37°30′18″N 28°20′58″E / 37.505071°N 28.34938°E / 37.505071; 28.34938