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

  • An ancient Ionian city of western Asia Minor in present-day Turkey. Occupied by Greeks c. 1000 B.C., it became an important trading and colonizing settlement and also flourished as a center of learning. The city declined after its harbor silted up early in the Christian era.

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


From Ancient Greek Μίλητος (Milētos). (Wiktionary)


  • According to legend, the first philosopher, Thales of Miletus in the sixth century B.C., was so intent on observing the stars that, while walking one night, he fell into a ditch.

    Human, All Too Human

  • He too was a businessman, who allegedly speculated in olive options, and he went from Miletus in the Aegean to Egypt, where he learned mathematics (as did his student 's student, Pythagoras).

    Triumph of The Idea Smugglers

  • Compare Fibonacci to Thales of Miletus, called by some the first scientist, who lived more than 1,700 years before.

    Triumph of The Idea Smugglers

  • Parmenion and his forces rejoined Alexander at Miletus.

    Alexander the Great

  • If the Persians were allowed to use Miletus as a naval base, they could hamper his advance and strike against him anywhere in the Aegean.

    Alexander the Great

  • The commander of the garrison at Miletus had sent a message to Alexander offering surrender, but when he heard the Persian fleet was near at hand he reneged on his offer and barred the city gates to the Macedonians.

    Alexander the Great

  • One from Miletus reported that the sacred spring at Didyma near their city that had long been dry had miraculously sprung to life.

    Alexander the Great

  • The river was notable for its wandering course hence our modern term meander and in time it would silt up the entire bay between Priene and Miletus.

    Alexander the Great

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

    Alexander the Great

  • Alexander then ordered his small fleet to race for Miletus to prevent the Persians from seizing the harbor and nearby islands.

    Alexander the Great


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