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GAGAI (Aktaş) Lycia, Turkey.

About 11 km SE of Kumluca. First mentioned by pseudo-Skylax in the 4th c. B.C. The foundation was attributed to Rhodes; according to the story certain Rhodian sailors arriving in Lycia called out “ga, ga,” either as a request to the natives for land or on sighting land in a storm; they then founded a city and called it Gagai. Opramoas of Rhodiapolis bestowed on Gagai 8000 denarii and undertook to pay for baths and certain oracular shrines; of these latter nothing is heard elsewhere. The coinage includes Hellenistic issues of Lycian League type and imperial issues under Gordian III.

The ruins are not abundant. The acropolis hill is on two levels; apart from a fort on the upper level, all the walls and buildings are of late date. There are no Lycian tombs. At the N foot of the hill is a small theater, poorly preserved. A single inscription has been found on the site, an honorific decree for a Gagatan.


T.A.B. Spratt & E. Forbes, Travels in Lycia (1847) I 183-87.


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