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Chrysaoris (Ancient Greek: Χρυσαορίς) was a town of ancient Caria, perhaps afterwards called Idrias (Ἰδριάς). According to Apollonius, in his Carica, it was the first city of those founded by the Lycians.[1] According to Marcus Mettius Epaphroditus, all Caria was called Chrysaoris. Herodotus mentions a district in Caria, named Idrias, in which the Marsyas of Caria (Çine Çay) had its source.[2] Antiochus built his city Stratonicea near the site of this old town Chrysaoris or Idrias.

Its site is tentatively located near Şahinler, Asiatic Turkey.[3][4]


  1. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v.
  2. ^ Herodotus. Histories. 5.118.
  3. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 61, and directory notes accompanying.
  4. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.

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