Priene was an ancient Greek city of Ionia. It prospered in the 7th century BCE. It was still an important city in 4th century BCE, but smaller and less important than Miletus. It declined during the civil war after the death of Alexander the Great. This meant that the Hellenistic buildings were not covered by newer Roman ones.
It's setting on the steep side of Mt. Mykale is beautiful, overlooking the plains of the Meander River. The show piece is the Temple of Athena, with the five standing columns, designed by Pythius of Halicarnassus, an impressive example of an Ionian temple.
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