Teos Ancient City

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Ancient City of Teos

The ancient city of Teos, which is located in Seferihisar town of Izmir, was founded as an Ionian civilization in 1000 BC. It is believed that Athames, the son of Dionysus, was the founder of the city. Teos was ruled first by Lydia and then Persia.


Founded in 1050-1000 BC, Teos was one of the 12 cities in antique Ionia. It is also known as the city of Dionysus, the god of wine in mythology. Teos is also the city of artists, where the first players' guild was formed in history.

The ruins of the ancient coastal city Teos are today near the village of Sigacik in Seferihisar town, Izmir. According to the city's history, Herodotus listed this city among 12 Ionian cities. Places to be visited include the famous Temple of Dionysus, the theatre which has a capacity of around 500, the agora, the city walls, the remnants of the port, the bouleuterion, and the gymnasium.

In the port, which acted as a naval base in Ottoman times, a castle built in 1522 has survived to our day.

Archaeological Ruins

Teos was the only city where artists lived autonomously in the Hellenistic period. There are Hellenistic and Roman period monuments in the ancient city of Teos that was one of the 12 Ionian settlements in Archaic Age and that had colonies like the other Ionian settlements.

Teos Ancient City consists of the Hellenistic city walls, antique theatre, acropolis, agora, odeon, bouleuterion, cistern, gymnasium, the remains of the ancient southern port and a small church built on the pier.

The history and natural beauty of the area also add richness to the Teos.

Temple of Dionysus: The Temple of Dionysus was originally built by Hermogenes from Priene in 2nd century BC. It is the largest of the temples built in the name of Dionysus in Anatolia. The temple was constantly repaired during the Roman Empire, but damaged by earthquakes. The Temple of Dionysus, which is open to visitors, is the most significant monument at Teos.

Must-See Places: Antique Theatre, South Harbour, Karagol Ancient Marble Quarry are other significant must-see places around the Archaeological Site of Teos.

Anacreon: Anacreon, the famous lyric poet from the ancient period, known for his poems on love and wine, was born in this city.

Ancient City of Teos
Ancient City of Teos, Seferihisar, Izmir