"Xanthus." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 12 October 2018. <http://www.yourdictionary.com/xanthus>.
Xanthus. (n.d.). Retrieved October 12th, 2018, from http://www.yourdictionary.com/xanthus
An ancient city of Lycia in present-day southwest Turkey. It was besieged and taken by the Persians (c. 546 BC) and the Romans (c. 42 BC). Both times the residents destroyed the city before surrendering.
During the next years the Persian army under Harpagus suppressed a rebellion of the Lydians under Pactyas, and subjugated the Ionian cities, the Carians and the Lycians (when the town Xanthus resisted to the utmost).
Hermodorus and Hermippus of Smyrna place him 5000 years before the Trojan war, Xanthus 6000 years before Xerxes, Eudoxus and Aristotle 6000 years before the death of Plato.
He entered Lycia and explored the Xanthus from the mouth at Patara upwards.
Nine miles from Patara he discovered the ruins of Xanthus, the ancient capital of Lycia, finely situated on hills, and abounding in magnificent remains.
His chief discoveries were at Xanthus, Pinara, Patara, Tlos, Myra and Olympus.