from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A peninsula of western Asia between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It is generally conterminous with Asian Turkey and is usually considered synonymous with Anatolia.
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- proper noun A large
peninsula, mostly coterminouswith Anatolia, between the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Seaand the Black Sea; it makes up the Asianpart of Turkey
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- noun a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey
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The first writer to use the term Asia Minor is the Christian Orosius
Anatolia, the main Turkish landmass that historically has been known as Asia Minor, literally translates as "full of mothers".
Even Asia Minor, that is to say the uplands of Anatolia, is beginning to reveal herself to explorers although almost all the great sanctuaries, Pessinus, the two Comanas,
The principles which he lays down and justifies in his answers to the doubts of the religious of Asia Minor, that is in what are called the shorter and longer rules, inform and guide the religious of the present day.
Eastern Asia Minor, that is Cappadocia, Pontus and Armenia, he left alone, and its contingents would still be arrayed on the Persian side in both the great battles to come.
-- The botany of Syria and Palestine differs but little from that of Asia Minor, which is one of the most rich and varied on the globe.
Greek, variously influenced from Athens on one side, Byzantium on the other: then, across the Ægean, you have the great country absurdly called Asia Minor, (for we might just as well call Greece, Europe Minor, or Cornwall, England Minor,) but which is properly to be remembered as
(land of Lycus) is the name of that southwestern region of the peninsula of Asia Minor which is immediately opposite the island of Rhodes.
His last great defeat came at sea, near Pamphylia in Asia Minor, where Carthaginian ships fought with the Romans against him (as Miles says "we can only imagine his shock and sorrow".)
With the loss of the harbor, traders working the coast of Asia Minor moved elsewhere, which pretty much put Ephesus out of business.