AIDIN . (I) A vilayet in the S.W. of
See also:Asia Minor including the
See also:Caria and western
See also:Lycia . It derives its name from the Seljuk emir who took
See also:Tralles, and is the richest and most productive province of
See also:Turkey . The seat of
See also:government is
See also:Smyrna . (2) The
See also:town of the valley of the Menderes or Maeander, about 70 M . E.S.E. of Smyrna . It is called also Guzel
See also:Hissar from the beauty of its situation on. the
See also:lower slopes of
See also:Mons Messogis and along the course of the ancient Eudon . It is the capital of a sanjak . It was taken by the
See also:Seljuks, Aidin and Mentesh,
See also:late in the 13th century, and about 1390, when ruled by Isa Bey, a descendant of the first-named, acknowledged
See also:suzerainty . In the Seljuk
See also:period it was a secondary city under the provincial capital,
See also:Tireh (q.v.) . In the 17th century it came under the power of the Karasmans of
See also:Manisa and remained so till about 1820 . Aidin is on the Smyrna-
See also:Dineir railway, has large tanneries and sweetmeat manufactories, and exports
See also:cotton and raisins .
It was greatly damaged by an
See also:earthquake in 1899 . On a neighbouring height are to be seen the ruins of the ancient Tralles (q.v.), the site to which the name Guzel Hissar was particularly given by the Seljuks . Aidin is the seat of a
See also:British consular
See also:agent . As there are considerable numbers of Greeks, Armenians and Jews among the inhabitants, there are a Greek
See also:cathedral, several churches and synagogues in addition to the
See also:Turkish mosques . (D . G .
AIDAN (d. 6o6)
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