Bargylia, an ancient Greek city located on the shores of Turkey in the Aegean Sea is offered for sale for 35 million lire, or €6.6 million.
Bargylia was once ruled by Athens, and this unusual offer spurred the need to protect its archaeological treasures. For example, only in the British Museum there are 58 artifacts found on the shore of this 2,000 year old city.
It is thought to have been founded by Bellerophon in honour of his companion Bargylos, who had been killed by a kick from the winged horse Pegasus.
The researchers say it was founded 201/200 BC during the Cretan War King Philip V of Macedon wintered his fleet in Bargylia when he was blockaded by the Pergamene and Rhodian fleets.
In the vicinity of Bargylia, which is an hour’s drive from Bodrum, there is Athe Temple of Artemis Cindyas. From the ancient city today, only ruins remained, indicating that he had defensive walls, temple and theater.
The city was offered for sale in 2015, with the remark that the excavations were forbidden, but there were no buyers.
In the meantime, the price has been lowered by about €2 million.