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Sidussa (Ancient Greek: Σίδουσσα or Σιδούσση) was a small town of Ionia, belonging to the territory of Erythrae, noted by Thucydides as a strong place, like Pteleum.[1] Pliny the Elder describes it as an island off the coast of Erythrae.[2] It is probable that the place also bore the name of Sidus (Σιδοῦς), as Stephanus of Byzantium mentions a town of this name in the territory of Erythrae.[3]

Sidussa was a member of the Delian League since it is mentioned in tribute records to Athens at least between the years 450/49 and 430/29 BCE.[4]

Thucydides places it in the territory of Erythrae and says that, like Pteleum it was a fortified place that was used by the Athenian army under the command of Leon and Diomedon to attack positions on Chios in the year 412 BCE.[1]

Sidussa's location is tentatively accepted as at Büyük Ada.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Vol. 8.24.
  2. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 5.38.
  3. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. Vol. s.v. Σιδοῦς.
  4. ^ Mogens Herman Hansen & Thomas Heine Nielsen (2004). "Ionia". An inventory of archaic and classical poleis. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 1098–1099. ISBN 0-19-814099-1.
  5. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 56, and directory notes accompanying.
  6. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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

Coordinates: 38°39′34″N 26°30′56″E / 38.65944°N 26.51564°E / 38.65944; 26.51564