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Ada, satrap (see mausolus) of the Persian province of Caria, youngest child of Hecatomnus, sister of Mausolus and of Idrieus, to whom she was incestuously married and with whom she was co-ruler of Caria until his death in 344 bce. (See L. Robert, Hellenica 7 (1947), 63 ff., an interesting inscription from Sinuri, which also shows that the Ptolemaic tax called the apomoira was of Achaemenid Persian origin.) She then ruled alone (344–341) until displaced by her brother Pixodarus. But Alexander (3) the Great reinstated her in 334, and she adopted him as her son: Arr. Anab. 1. 23. Remarkably, he entrusted to her the siege of Halicarnassus (Strabo 14. 2. 17).


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