Bubon or Boubon (Ancient Greek: Βούβων) was a city of ancient Lycia noted by Stephanus of Byzantium; the ethnic name, he adds, ought to be Βουβώνιος, but it is Βουβωνεύς, for the Lycians rejoice in this form. The truth of this observation of Stephanus is proved by the inscription found on the spot: Βουβωνέων ἡ Βουλὴ καὶ ὁ Δῆμος. Bubon is placed in the map in Spratt's Lycia, near 37° N. lat. west of Balbura, near a place named Ibecik, which location is confirmed by modern scholars. Bubon is mentioned by Pliny, Ptolemy, and Hierocles. Pliny mentions a kind of chalk (creta) that was found about Bubon. The city stood on a hill side. The ruins are not striking. There is a small theatre built of sandstone, and on the summit of the hill was the acropolis. Bubon is in a mountainous tract and it commands the entrance to the pass over the mountains. Bubon, along with Balbura and Oenoanda formed the district Cabalia.
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N. Milner: An inscription from Bubon. In: Studies in the history and topography of Lycia and Pisidia. In memoriam A. S. Hall. London 1994, S. 93-94.
Friedrich Schindler: Die Inschriften von Bubon (Nordlykien). Wien 1972 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse. Sitzungsberichte 278, 3; Text of the inscriptions).
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