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

  • An ancient Greek city of southwest Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea in present-day Turkey. In the fourth century B.C. Queen Artemisia built a magnificent tomb here for her husband, King Mausolus. His mausoleum was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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  • proper n. ancient Greek city on the southwest coast of Caria, Anatolia

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  • n. an ancient Greek city on the southwestern coast of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the mausoleum at Halicarnassus


From Ancient Greek Ἁλικαρνασσός (Halikarnassos). (Wiktionary)


  • Herodotus was born a Persian subject sometime between 490 and 484 B.C. in Halicarnassus, in southwestern Asia Minor.

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  • Still Alexander was no closer to taking Halicarnassus than he had been when he first arrived.

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  • On the march from Miletus to Halicarnassus, the Macedonians captured several smaller towns along the way, presumably including the sacred oracle of Apollo at Didyma.

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  • Alexander wanted to visit the newly completed temple to Athena in Priene, designed by Pythius himself, architect of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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  • The satrap had recently seized the Carian throne from his sister, Ada, and now wanted to make sure his position was secure if Philip made it as far as Halicarnassus.

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  • Herodotus: Greek historian of the fifth century B.C. from Halicarnassus who wrote a colorful history of much of the known world.

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  • The new commander then moved his forces to the coastal city of Halicarnassus, south of Miletus.

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  • He then moved the Carian capital from the inland town of Mylasa to Halicarnassus.

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  • Memnon had taken the fleet north from Cos after his defeat at Halicarnassus and seized the island of Chios, then sailed to Lesbos, which he captured except for the chief town of Mytilene.

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  • Returning to Halicarnassus, Alexander redoubled his efforts at taking the wall and brought up a huge tower on wheels to shower the defenders with missiles while a battering ram pounded the stones beneath them.

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