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Second largest of the Dodecanese Island, off the southwestern coast of Asia
Minor, at the entrance of the Gulf of Cos (also spelled Kos), and its main city,
at its northeastern end (area 6).
Cos was one of six cities of Dorian origin in that part of Caria called Doris that had gathered in a confederacy having its common sanctuary, a temple to Apollo, on the promontory on which Cnidus was located, named the Triopion. Together they formed what used to be called the Hexapolis (in Greek, "the six cities") until Halicarnassus was excluded and they became the Pentapolis (in Greek, "the five cities" : see Herodotus' Histories, I, 144).
Cos was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founder of a famous school of medicine, and the site of a famed sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of medicine