Miletus was a major player in Ionia, a region of Hellas, roughly at the centre of the Aegean littoral of western Antolia. ‘Miletus’ explains the role of this city in the history of Ancient Greece. The influence of Miletus spread far and wide through its central role in two phases of Greek emigration and colonization. The site of Miletus had been settled long before the eighth century. Of the twelve Greek settlements that comprised the Asiatic branch of the Ionians, Miletus at the extreme south emerged as the most prominent, with a powerful myth-history.