Siderus (Lycia)

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Siderus (also known as Siderous; Ancient Greek: Σιδηροῦς) was a port town of ancient Lycia, referenced in the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax[1] and the Stadiasmus Maris Magni.[2] The town is also noted by Stephanus of Byzantium under the name Sidarus or Sidarous (Σιδαροῦς).[3] The place may also have borne the name Posidarisus or Posidarisous,[4] mentioned in The Chronicon of Hippolytus as being 30 stadia from Crambousa and the same distance from Moron Hydor.[5]

There was a promontory of the same name, which is identified by modern scholars as Adrasan Burnu in modern Turkey.[4][6] 19th century writers William Martin Leake and William Smith equated the site of Siderus with that of Olympus.[7] However, modern scholars place Siderus at Ceneviz Limanı.[4]


  1. ^ Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax 100
  2. ^ Stadiasmus Maris Magni § 231.
  3. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v. Σιδαροῦς.
  4. ^ a b c Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 65, and directory notes accompanying.
  5. ^ Hippolytus of Rome, The Chronicon of Hippolytus, §§ 483-484.
  6. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  7. ^ William Martin Leake, Asia Minor, p. 189; Public Domain Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Siderus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

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

Coordinates: 36°21′56″N 30°30′09″E / 36.3656731°N 30.502508°E / 36.3656731; 30.502508