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DOLICHE

DOLICHE, DOLICHISTE (Δολίχη, Δολιχίστη: Eth.Δολιχεύς, Eth. Δολιχίστης). Stephanus B. (s. v.) describes Doliche as an island close to the Lycian coast, on the authority of Callimachus; and he adds that Alexander, in his Periplus of Lycia, calls it Dolichiste. It is mentioned by Pliny (5.31) and Ptolemy (5.3). Pliny places it opposite to Chimaera; and both Pliny and Ptolemy name it Dolichiste. Doliche or Dolichiste, a long island, as the name implies, is now called Kakava. It lies near the southern coast of Lycia, west of the ruins of Myra, and in front of the spacious bay also named Kalkava. The island is a “narrow ridge of rock, incapable of yielding a constant supply of water; each house had therefore a tank hollowed in the rock, and lined with stucco.” (Beaufort, Karamania, p. 21.) Leake (Asia Minor, p. 127) speaks of the “ruins of a large city, with a noble theatre, at Kákava, in a fine harbour formed by a range of rocky islands.” But this theatre appears, from what Leake says, to be on the coast of the mainland; and Beaufort observes that “the whole of these islands and bays may be included under the general Greek name Kakava.” The island of Doliche is now uninhabited.

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