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City of Asia Minor (area 6).
Halicarnassus was one of six cities of Dorian origin in Caria that had gathered in a confederacy having its common sanctuary, a temple to Apollo, on the promontory on which Cnidus was located, named the Triopion. Together they formed what used to be called the Hexapolis (in Greek, "the six cities") until, for some reason, Halicarnassus was excluded and the remaining cities became the Pentapolis (in Greek, "the five cities" : see Herodotus' Histories, I, 144).
Halicarnassus was the birthplace of the first historian whose works have come down to us, Herodotus.