The name ‘Pygela’ is first seen in an Anatolian geography book called ‘Geographika’, written by famous historian named Stabon. According to the belief of Strabon’s era this is the area where the famous commander Agamemnon and his soldiers, having caught infectious diseases on the flesh of their thighs during the Trajon War, were advised by some prophets that “the cure for their ailment existed” here. And according to the belief upon this advice of the prophets Agamemnon and his soldiers who came and stayed here for duration of their treatment founded the antique city at the same time also. The name ’Pyge’, which means ‘thigh’ in ancient Greek language was thus given to the city and was referred to as Pygela thereafter.
The findings obtained in the archaeological investigations made here between 1974 and 1978 confirm that the history of the city continued as an uninterrupted port city from the 3000-2500 BC, dated Early Bronze Age to the Mid Byzantine period, which is also the proof that the city was founded long before the Trojan War. Remembering the well-known saying of ‘the foundation of a city is attributed to glorifying a king even further’ all these attributions combine to increases Pygela’s importance even further.
Pygela and its ancient port is still a mystery today. It is believed that the archaeological findings here will not end with just the villa, the three-nave church or the aqueduct excavated thus far but with the ongoing excavations many more ancient structures shall come to light in the future.
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