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ˌhæl ə kɑrˈnæs əshali·car·nas·sus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Halicarnassusnoun

    an ancient Greek city on the southwestern coast of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the mausoleum at Halicarnassus


  1. Halicarnassusnoun

    ancient Greek city on the southwest coast of Caria, Anatolia

    Etymology: From Ἁλικαρνασσός.


  1. Halicarnassus

    Halicarnassus was an ancient Greek city at the site of modern Bodrum in Turkey. It was located in southwest Caria on a picturesque, advantageous site on the Ceramic Gulf. The city was famous for the tomb of Mausolus, the origin of the word mausoleum, built between 353 BC and 350 BC, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was part of the Persian Empire until captured by Alexander the Great at the siege of Halicarnassus in 334 BC. Halicarnassus originally occupied only a small island near to the shore called Zephyria, which was the original name of the settlement and the present site of the great Castle of St. Peter built by the Knights of Rhodes in 1404; but in course of time, the island united with the mainland and the city extended to incorporate Salmacis, an older town of the Leleges and Carians and site of the later citadel.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Halicarnassus

    a Greek city, and the chief of Caria, in Asia Minor, on the sea-coast opposite the island of Cos, the birthplace of Herodotus; celebrated for the tomb of Mausolus, called the Mausoleum (q. v.).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. halicarnassus

    (now Boudroum). A Greek city of Asia Minor, situated on the Ceramian Gulf. It was founded by a colony from Trœzene, and was one of the cities of the so-called Doric Hexapolis. During the Persian conquests it readily yielded to the dominion of the conquerors, and remained faithful to Persian interests. Alexander the Great, provoked by the obstinacy with which the city held out against him, commanded that it should be destroyed by fire; but the inhabitants took refuge in the citadel, which successfully resisted his arms.

Editors Contribution

  1. halicarnassus

    "Halicarnassos" should mean "Holy (Hali) "Meat (Carnas)" which might have been used for the death body of royal leaders (King and Queen, Satrap).

    Submitted by anonymous on May 7, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of halicarnassus in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of halicarnassus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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