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Now Asterius, prince of the Cretans, married Europa and brought up her children. But when they were grown up, they quarrelled with each other; for they loved a boy called Miletus, son of Apollo by Aria, daughter of Cleochus. As the boy was more friendly to Sarpedon, Minos went to war and had the better of it, and the others fled. Miletus landed in Caria and there founded a city which he called Miletus after himself; and Sarpedon allied himself with Cilix, who was at war with the Lycians, and having stipulated for a share of the country, he became king of Lycia. And Zeus granted him to live for three generations.
This extract is from: Apollodorus, Library and Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer, 1921). Cited Nov 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith)
- Apollodorus, Library and Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer)
- Miletus: Perseus Encyclopedia
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Colonizations by the inhabitants
Settled Miletus in Caria
Ephorus says: Miletus was first founded and fortified above the sea by the Cretans, where the Miletus of olden times is now situated, being settled by Sarpedon, who brought colonists from the Cretan Miletus and named the city after that Miletus, the place formerly being in the possession of the Leleges; but later Neleus and his followers fortified the present city. (Strabo 14.1.6)
Not only the Carians, who in earlier times were islanders, but also the Leleges, as they say, became mainlanders with the aid of the Cretans, who founded, among other places, Miletus, having taken Sarpedon from the Cretan Miletus as founder; and they settled the Termilae in the country which is now called Lycia; and they say that these settlers were brought from Crete by Sarpedon, a brother of Minos and Rhadamanthus, and that he gave the name Termilae to the people who were formerly called Milyae, as Herodotus says, and were in still earlier times called Solymi, but that when Lycus the son of Pandion went over there he named the people Lycians after himself. Now this account represents the Solymi and the Lycians as the same people, but the poet makes a distinction between them.
- Perseus: Strabo, Geography
- Perseus: Strabo, Geography
The Milesians themselves give the following account of their earliest history.
For two generations, they say, their land was called Anactoria, during the reigns
of Anax, an aboriginal, and of Asterius his son; but when Miletus landed with
an army of Cretans both the land and the city changed their name to Miletus. Miletus
and his men came from Crete, fleeing from Minos, the son of Europa; the Carians,
the former inhabitants of the land, united with the Cretans. But to resume. When
the Ionians had overcome the ancient Milesians they killed every male, except
those who escaped at the capture of the city, but the wives of the Milesians and
their daughters they married. (Pausanias 7.2.5)
- Perseus: Pausanias, Description of Greece