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LADE (Λάδη), the largest of a group of small islands in the Sinus Latmicus, close by Miletus, and opposite the mouth of the Maeander. It was a protection to the harbours of Miletus, but in Strabo's time it was one of the haunts and strongholds of pirates. Lade is celebrated in history for the naval defeat sustained there by the Ionians against the Persians in B.C. 494. (Hdt. 6.8; Thuc. 8.17, 24; Strab. xiv. p.635 ; Paus. 1.35.6; Steph. B. sub voce Plin. Nat. 5.37.) That the island was not quite uninhabited, is clear from Strabo, and from the fact of Stephanus B. mentioning the ethnic form of the name, Λαδαῖος.


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