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Ionian city along the coast of Caria
in Asia Minor, north of Miletus, near Cape
Mycale (area 7).
Priene was part of the Ionian Confederacy, the Paniones, grouping cities founded in Asia Minor by Ionians fleeing what was to become Achaia, in northern Peloponnese , where they had earlier settled along the southern coast of the gulf of Corinth west of Sicyon, when the area was conquered by Achæans who gave it their name (Herodotus' Histories, I, 142-148).
Priene was the birthplace of Bias, one of the Seven Sages listed by Diogenes Lærtius (Lives, I, 13) and by Plato at Protagoras, 343a, who lived during the first half of the VIth century B. C. (see his life in Diogenes Lærtius' Lives, I, 82-88). Bias is also mentioned at Hippias Major, 281c-e and Republic, I, 335e.