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Ancient Coins of Knidos, Caria
The ancient Carian city of Knidos (or Cindus), near modern Tekir, Turkey, was described by Strabo as "built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas." Originally a Phoenician settlement, Kindos was later colonized by Dorians, and was a member of the Dorian Hexapolis (later Pentapolis), consisting of Cnidus, Cos, Halicarnassus, Ialysus, Camirus, and Lindus. The sanctuary of the Triopian Apollo, a sun-god whose symbol was the Lion, was the meeting-place of the members of the Hexapolis. Knidos was the home of Eudoxus of Cnidus (c. 408 B.C. - c. 347 B.C.), a Greek astronomer, mathematician, physician, scholar and friend of Plato. In 394 B.C. the Persian fleet defeated the Spartans off Cnidus. Paul sailed past it on his voyage to Rome (Acts 27:7).