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

  • An ancient city of western Asia Minor northeast of modern-day Izmir, Turkey. As the capital of Lydia it was the political and cultural center of Asia Minor from 650 to c. 550 B.C. and remained an important city during Roman and Byzantine times. Sardis was destroyed by Tamerlane in 1402.

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  • proper n. the ancient capital of Lydia in western Asia Minor

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  • n. an ancient Greek city located in the western part of what is now modern Turkey; as the capital of Lydia it was the cultural center of Asia Minor; destroyed by Tamerlane in 1402


From Ancient Greek Σάρδεις (Sardeis). (Wiktionary)



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