from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient region of southwest Asia Minor with a coastline on the Aegean Sea. It was settled by Dorian and Ionian colonists and conquered by Alexander the Great in 334 B.C.

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  • proper n. A historical region in the southwest corner of Asia Minor.


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From Ancient Greek Καρία (Karia).


  • Idrieus, prince of Caria, that is ascribed to Agesilaus; it is this: “If Nicias be innocent, absolve him; if he be guilty, absolve him upon my account; however be sure to absolve him.”

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • But there is also in speaking a sort of concealed singing, not like the peroration of rhetoricians from Phrygia or Caria, which is nearly a chant, but that sort which Demosthenes and Aeschines mean when the one reproaches the other with the affected modulation of his voice.

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • This morning we set out for a ride about nine miles up the mountains to a village called Caria, which contains about 1200 inhabitants, and in the surrounding hamlets there are about the same number.

    Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley

  • Pixodarus had seized power from his sister, Ada, and soon married his daughter to a Persian nobleman named Orontobates, who took over rule of Caria at the recent death of Pixodarus.

    Alexander the Great

  • The earliest stories of India in the West were brought back by a sailor named Scylax from Caria in Asia Minor.

    Alexander the Great

  • Halicarnassus was in the mountainous land of Caria, inhabited by a people of non-Greek origin related in language to the Lydians.

    Alexander the Great

  • Ada welcomed Alexander to Caria and proceeded to work out a deal with him.

    Alexander the Great

  • Ada: Satrap of Caria until removed by her brother Pixodarus.

    Alexander the Great

  • Alexander placed Ada on the throne of Caria as his satrap in the smoldering ruins of the city and stationed enough troops nearby to drive out the last of the Persians from their citadels.

    Alexander the Great

  • However, when Alexander and his closest friends heard of these dealings, the prince immediately sent his own ambassador to Caria, Thessalus, an actor famed for his role in tragedies.

    Alexander the Great


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