Ever wanted to rule an empire? Well now you can, virtually at least. Register with Historvius and you can be the king of the castle, or the emperor of the Colosseum! Sign up now and start uploading comments and photos to historic sites you've visited. You'll get points for your activity and those with the most points on any historic site get to rule. Don't get complacent though, as any ruler knows, there's always someone waiting in the wings to usurp your crown…
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Greece
- 1000BC - 501BC
- Priene, Didyma,
Miletus was an important ancient Greek then Roman city, which still boasts an impressive ancient theatre among its ruins.
With a history thought to date back as far as the 16th, perhaps even the 17th, century BC, Miletus eventually became a thriving hub from the 8th to 7th centuries BC until suffering significant destruction during its capture by the Persians in the 5th century BC. It was rebuilt on a new site after this and once again became an important centre.
During Alexander the Great’s campaign against the Persian Empire, in 334BC, the Macedonian conqueror undertook a short siege of the city before its capture.
In its heyday, Miletus was a magnificent city, renowned for its great philosophers. The city’s success was due in large part to its port, which eventually silted up, contributing greatly to its decline. Sadly, today’s ruins of Miletus are barely a shadow of its former glory.
The 15,000-seater Roman theatre is definitely the star attraction. One fascinating aspect of this theatre, other than its excellent state of preservation are the inscriptions which are said to reserve seating for certain groups, including one for "Jews and G-d fearers". This is said by some to show Miletus to be a tolerant, multicultural society. Make sure you explore the covered walkways within the theatre, which are great fun to wander through.
Though the site has suffered greatly through the centuries, there are a handful of other highlights to be found at Miletus. These include the small remains of a colonnaded covered walkway, the Baths of Faustina and a reasonably well preserved temple to Apollo.
Just as empires rise and fall so do entry fees and opening hours! While we work as hard as we can to ensure the information provided here about Miletus is as accurate as possible, the changing nature of certain elements mean we can't absolutely guarantee that these details won't become a thing of the past. If you know of any information on this page that needs updating you can add a comment above or now.
Address: Miletus, Balat Köyü, Didim
Phone: (256) 875 55 62
Located approx 80km south of Selcuk from where there are several tour companies offering all-day tours with other sites such as Didyma and Priene.
Miletus is open daily 8am-7pm. There's an entry fee of 5TL.
Historvius is not responsible for the content of external sites.
?Miletus is ruled by
Emperor : -
King : -
Prince : -
Duke : -
Lord : -