Its site is now absolutely deserted, except that a tiny village, Sart, merely a few huts inhabited by seminomadic Yuruks, exists beside the Pactolus, and that there is a station of the Smyrna & Cassaba railway 1 m.
On the banks of the Pactolus two columns of a temple of the Greek period, probably the great temple of Cybele, are still standing.
The city lay between a mountain (its acropolis) and the river Pactolus, and its site was marked by two great Ionic columns standing deep in earth.
By the command of the god he bathed in the river Pactolus, which henceforth became auriferous (Ovid, Metam.
A second victory followed on the banks of the Pactolus; by the autumn of 546 Sardis had already fallen and the Persian power advanced at a bound to the Mediterranean.