, Eth. Αἰγξάτης; Ayas Kala,
), a town on the coast of Cilicia, on the north side of the bay of Issus.
It is now separated from the outlet of the Pyramus (Jyhoon
) by a long narrow aestuary called Ayas Bay.
In Strabo's time (p. 676) it was a small city with a port. (Comp. Lucan 3.227
.) Aegae was a Greek town, but the origin of it is unknown. A Greek inscription of the Roman period has been discovered there (Beaufort, Karamania,
p. 299); and under the Roman dominion it was a place of some importance. Tacitus calls it Aegeae (Ann.
, Eth. Αἰγαλεύς
), an Aeolian city (Hdt. 1.149
), a little distance from the coast of Mysia, and in the neighbourhood of Cume and Temnus.
It is mentioned by Xenophon (Xen. Hell. 4.8.5
) under the name Αἰγξῖς,
which Schneider has altered into Αἰγαί.
It suffered from the great earthquake, which in the time of Tiberius (A.D. 17) desolated 12 of the cities of Asia. (Tac. Ann. 2.47