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Miletus located near the sea on a peninsula in ancient times, had four ports being a coastal city. It was a strong city state thriven by 90 colonists spread to Black Sea and Mediterranean in 7th and 6th century B.C. Miletus, supporting Battle of Lade with 80 ships against Persians, lost its navy in result of the victory of Persians, and it was burnt and destroyed in 494 B.C. It could never meet its old strength again after this event.

Ruins in the south of the theater belong to Baths of Faustina. It appears that the baths were built Faustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.) according to the inscriptions in the bath.

Some changes had been made during the Roman period, a magnificent door was built in its modest entrance. Architectural pieces of this gate, which’s base ruins still can be seen, were taken to the Berlin State Museum.

There was 100 meters long and 38 meters wide ceremonial road with sidewalks in the north of Agora. This road opened to the port gate which gave access to the city. Miletus was established in the south of this gulf where the port was because of the convenient position for defense. Narrow entrance of the gulf could be closed with a chain in dangerous situations. Two lion statues in the both sides of the entrance protecting the port still stand in their place. The gulf is called Gulf of Lions because of these statues.

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