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CILLA (Κίλλα; Eth. Κιλλαῖος), a town of Mysia, mentioned in the Iliad (1.36), with Chryse and Tenedus. Herodotus (1.149) enumerates Cilia among the eleven old Aeolian cities of Asia. Strabo (p. 612) places Cilia in the Adramyttene: he says, “near to Thebe is now a place named Cilia, where the temple of Apollo Cillaeus is; there flows by it the river Cillos which comes from Ida; both Chrysa [CHRYSA] and Cilia are near Antandrus; also the hill Cillaeum in Lesbos derived its name from this Cilla; and there is a mountain Cillaeum between Gargara and Antandrus; Daes of Colonae says that the temple of Apollo Cillaeus was first built at Colonae by the Aeolians, who came from Hellas; and they say that a temple of Apollo Cillaeus was also built at Chrysa, but it is uncertain whether this Apollo was the same as Smintheus, or another.” This river Cillos is said to be called Zellete or Zikeli, according to some authorities.


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