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DIOS HIERON

DIOS HIERON (Διὸς Ἱερόν: Eth. Διοσιερίτης), a small place in Ionia between Lebedus and Colophon. Stephanus B. (s. v.) cites Phlegon as his authority for the Ethnic name. The position which Stephanus assigns to the place, seems to agree with the narrative in Thucydides (8.29), where it is mentioned.

Arundell (Discoveries, &c. vol. i. p. 36) says that the name of the river Cayster occurs on the medals of Dios Hieron, from which he concludes that it was not very far from the river. It is possible that there was another town of the name in Lydia and on the Cayster. Pliny (5.29) makes the Dioshieritae belong to the conventus of Ephesus; and Ptolemy (5.2) places it high up the valley of the Cayster, if we can trust his numbers. The epigraph on the coins is Διοσιερειτων.

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