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Large island off the coast of Asia Minor, south of Lesbos,
and main city on that island (area 7).
Chios was a member city of the Ionian Confederacy, the Paniones, grouping cities founded in Asia Minor by Ionians fleeing the southern shores of the gulf of Corinth west of Sicyon in northern Peloponnese when the area was conquered by Achæans (Herodotus' Histories, I, 142-148).
Chios was he birthplace of the great mathematician Hippocrates of Chios (not to be confused with the famous physician of the same name, Hippocrates of Cos), who "flourished" toward the middle of the Vth century B. C.