Milas is very rich in history, its ancient settlements and its historical roots dating back to antiquity periods.
Milas was named 'Mylasa' in antique times and was the capital city of the ancient civilization called "Caria". Mylasa, has been quite advanced especially since th 5th century BC and became the capital city of Caria. When the Persians dominated Mylasa after 546 BC, it lived in a golden age during this period. The Mausoleum in Bodrum which was built by Maussolus the most important ruler of the period is considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
After Alexander the Great took over Anatolia from the Persians in the 4th century BC, Roman Empire in 2 BC, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire in 4th century AC, and Anatolian Beylik of Mentese in 14th century AC and The Ottoman Empire ruled over the area.