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Region of the southwestern coast of Asia Minor south of Lydia
and north of the island of Rhodes (area
In his Histories, I, 171, Herodotus suggests that the Carians were once called the Leleges and lived in the islands of southeastern Egean under the dominion of the Cretan king Minos, to whom they provided some of his best warriors. They were the first to add plume to their helmets and insignias and straps for the arm to their shields. Later, they were displaced by Ionians and Dorians settling the islands and coastal area of Lydia and Caria and moved inland.