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Coordinates: 37°31′N 27°17′E / 37.517°N 27.283°E / 37.517; 27.283 Miletus (mī lē' təs) (Ancient Greek: Μίλητος, literally transliterated Milētos, Latin Miletus) was an ancient city on the western coast of Anatolia (in what is now Aydin Province, Turkey), near the mouth of the Maeander River in ancient Caria.