: Eth. Φυσκεύς
), a town of Caria, in the territory of the Rhodians, situated on the coast, with a harbour and a grove sacred to Leto. (Strab. xiv. p.652
; Stadiasm. Mar. Mag.
§ 245; Ptol. 5.2.11
, where it is called Φοῦσκα.
It is impossible to suppose that this
Physcus was the porttown of Mylasa (Strab. xiv. p.659
); we must rather assume that Passala, the port of Mylasa, also bore the name of Physcus. Our Physcus was the ordinary landing-place for vessels sailing from Rhodes to Asia Minor. (Strab. xiv. p.663
; comp. Steph. B. s. v.
) This harbour, now called Marmorice,
and a part of it Physco,
is one of the finest in the world, and in 1801 Lord Nelson's fleet anchored here, before the battle of the Nile.