Patara was the major naval and trading port of Lycia, located at the mouth of the Xanthos River, until it silted up and turned into a malaria-plagued marsh. Around 138 B.C.E. Patara had a population of about 20,000 and ranked among the top cities of Anatolia after Ephesus.  Emperor Vespasian visited Patara, as did the […]
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