Ancient Greek Submitted Place Names

These names were used in ancient Greece. See also about Ancient Greek names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abae (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Alabanda Ἀλάβανδα (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Alpeis Ἄλπεις (Mountain) Ancient Greek, Greek
Ancient Greek and modern Greek form of Alps.
Antioch (Settlement) Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Antiocheia
Antiocheia Ἀντιόχεια (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Derived from the Greek name Antiochos and the feminine suffix -ειᾰ (-eia). This was the name of multiple ancient cities founded by Seleucus I Nicator and named for his father, Antiochus, the most famous of which - Antioch on the Orontes - later became one of the Roman Empire's largest cities, was made the capital of the province of Syria, and became an important centre of early Christianity.
Antiochia Ἀντιόχεια (Settlement) Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Antiocheia.
Byzance Βυζάντιον (Settlement) Ancient Greek (Gallicized), History (Gallicized)
French form of Byzantion via the Latinized form Byzantium.
Caria (Region) Ancient Greek
Caria was an ancient province near the Aegean Sea in Asia Minor.
Carpathus (Island) Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Karpathos.
Chorasmia Χορασμία (Region & Political Subdivision) Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, English, Greek
Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman name for the region of Khwarazm in Central Asia. It was named after the Chorasmians, a local Iranian tribe who were known as Χωράσμιοι (Chorasmioi) to the Greeks and as Chorasmii to the Romans.... [more]
Ephesus Ἔφεσος (Settlement) Ancient Greek, Turkish, Hittite
"Overseer", tho it may just be folk-etymology
Erana Ἔρανα (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Gadeira Γάδειρα (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Phoenician 𐤂𐤃𐤓 (gdr) (see Cádiz).
Ganges Γάγγης (River) English, Ancient Greek
From Ancient Greek Γάγγης (Ganges) derived from Sanskrit गङ्गा (ganga) meaning "swift-goer", itself from गच्छति (gacchati) meaning "to go". This is the name of a river in South Asia that flows through India and Bangladesh.
Helikon Ἑλικών (Mountain) Ancient Greek
Means "the tortuous mountain", derived from Greek ἕλιξ (helix) "spiral" (genitive ἕλικος). This is the name of a famous mountain in Boeotia, Greece.
Hyperoxiane Ὑπερωξιανή (Region) Ancient Greek
Means "beyond the river Oxus", derived from Greek ὑπέρ (hyper) meaning "over, above, beyond" combined with the Greek noun Ὦξος (Oxos) meaning "Oxus"... [more]
Icaria Ἰκαρία (Island) Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
The island where Icarus, son of Daedalus, was buried. Daedalus gave the island the name Icaria in his honor... [more]
Ister (River) Ancient Greek (Latinized), Ancient Roman
Latinized form of Istros. The Romans used this as an alternative name for the Danube river, which was primarily known to them under the name Danubius.
Istros Ἴστρος (Island & River) Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name for the Greek island of Gyali as well as for the lower section of the Danube river. In the case of the latter, the name is a loanword from either Dacian or Thracian... [more]
Karpathos Κάρπαθος (Island) Ancient Greek, Greek
The second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, located between Crete and Rhodes.
Kaukasos Καύκασος (Mountain) Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Caucasus.
Laodicea Λαοδίκεια (Settlement) Ancient Greek (Latinized), Biblical
Latinized form of Greek Λαοδίκεια (Laodikeia), which was derived from the Greek name Laodike and the feminine suffix -εια (-eia)... [more]
Machelonia Μαχελονία (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Ancient Greek, English, Italian
Derived from Μαχελονία (Machelonia), the ancient Greek name for a region and satrapy of the Sasanian Empire. It was named after the Colchian (i.e. Kartvelian) tribe that lived there, who were known to the ancient Greeks as the Μαχελῶνες (Machelones) or the Μαχελονοι (Machelonoi)... [more]
Massalia Μασσαλία (Settlement) Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of Marseille, also the name of an ancient colony and city located in what is now southern France.
Notion Νότιον (Settlement) Ancient Greek
From Greek Νότιον (Notion), meaning "southern". This was the name of a city-state on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Izmir, Turkey.
Pamphylia Παμφυλία (Region) Ancient Greek
Pandosia (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Pandosia (Ancient Greek: Πανδοσία) was an ancient city of Bruttium, in what is now Calabria, southern Italy. According to Livy it was situated near the border between Bruttium and Lucania (now Basilicata).
Phasis Φᾶσις (Settlement & River) Ancient Greek
The ancient Greek name for the Rioni River as well as a historical town along that river, meaning unclear. It may be of Georgian-Zan (Mingrelian and Laz), Svan or Semitic origin.
Phoenice Φοινίκη (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Phoenice or Phoenike was an ancient Greek city in Epirus and capital of the Chaonians. It was also the location of the Treaty of Phoenice which ended the First Macedonian War, as well as one of the wealthiest cities in Epirus until the Roman conquest.... [more]
Saloniki (Settlement) Ancient Greek, Greek, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Mongolian, Polish, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek
Greek short form of Thessaloniki, as well as the usual form used in numerous languages.
Serdica Σερδική (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Latin and Ancient Greek name for the Bulgarian city now known as Sofia. Named after the Celtic tribe Serdi.
Sparta Σπάρτη (Settlement) English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Manx, Polish, Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman
From Doric Greek Σπάρτα (Sparta) and Attic Greek Σπάρτη (Spartē), which is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from σπάρτον (sparton) meaning "rope, cable" - a reference to the cords laid as the city’s foundation boundaries, though this could be just a folk etymology.... [more]
Thebes Θῆβαι (Settlement) English, Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
Perhaps ultimately from Semitic teba "chest, box". This is the name of a city in Boeotia, Greece, which played an important role in many Greek myths (as the site of the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus, Heracles and others).
Thessalonica Θεσσαλονίκη (Settlement) Ancient Greek (Latinized)
The name of a Greek city, which was named after the princess Thessalonike of Macedon. Her name means "Thessalian victory, victory in Thessaly" from Greek Θεσσαλός (Thessalos) "Thessalian" and νίκη (nike) "victory"... [more]
Thyrea Θυρέα (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Thyrea was a town of Cynuria, and was fought over between ancient Argolis and ancient Laconia. According to Pausanias, Thyrea was named after a mythological figure: Thyraeos, the son of Lycaon.
Tirintha (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name of Tyrins.
Tyras Τύρας (River) Ancient Greek
Derived from Scythian tūra meaning "quick, rapid, strong". This is the ancient Greek name for the Dniester river, which is known as Dneisteros in modern Greek.
Vesuvius Ὓσου υἱός (Mountain) Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman
There are three theories about the origin of the name Vesuvius:... [more]