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Pidasa (Ancient Greek: Πίδασα) or Pedasa (Πήδασα) was a town of ancient Caria. During the Ionian Revolt, the Persians suffered a defeat at Pidasa.[1] It was once the chief seat of the Leleges. It was a polis (city-state) and a member of the Delian League.[2] In the early Second Century B.C., Miletus absorbed the citizens and territory of Pidasa through a sympoliteia agreement.[3]

In the time of Strabo the town had ceased to exist,[4] and the name of the district, Pedasis (Πηδασίς), was the only remaining memorial of the place.[5][6] As Herodotus assigns to Pedasa a portion of the territory of Miletus,[1] the town must have been situated between Miletus, Halicarnassus, and Stratoniceia.

Its site is located near Cert Osman Kale, Asiatic Turkey, which is consistent with Herodotus' account.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Herodotus. Histories. Vol. 5.121, 6.20.
  2. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). "Karia". An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 1131-1132. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.
  3. ^ "Inscription 107 : Miletos and Pidasa". Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  4. ^ Strabo. Geographica. Vol. xiii. p.611. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
  5. ^ Polybius. The Histories. Vol. 18.27.
  6. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v.
  7. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 61, and directory notes accompanying.
  8. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 37°24′04″N 27°34′20″E / 37.401041°N 27.57211°E / 37.401041; 27.57211