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IDEBESSOS Lycia, Turkey.

Near Kozağaci, 900 m up in the mountain country 21 km N-NW of Kumluca and not easy to reach. The city is not mentioned before the Imperial age, at which time it was a member of a sympolity headed by Akalissos and belonging, as the inscriptions show, to the Lycian League. As a junior member of the sympolity Idebessos issued no coins in its own name. In the Byzantine bishop lists the name appears in the corrupted forms Lebissos and Lemissos.

The extant ruins and inscriptions are all of the Roman period. They include some remains of a city wall, a small theater, poorly preserved, a bath building, a church, but above all a great number of sarcophagi, many of them very rich and handsome.


T.A.B. Spratt & E. Forbes, Travels in Lycia (1847) 168-69; E. Petersen & F. von Luschan, Reisen in Lykien (1889) II 146-47; TAM 11.3 (1940) 301-2MI.


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