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Doris,small mountainous district, central Greece, inland between the Gulf of Corinth and the Malian Gulf. It was the traditional homeland of the Dorians, who may, in fact, have paused there during their invasion of Greece. Sparta gave Doris military aid during the 5th cent. B.C.
the name of two regions in ancient Greece.
(1) A small district in central Greece. Its first inhabitants, the Dryopes, were driven out at the end of the second millennium B.C. by the Dorians, from whom the region derived its name.
(2) The region colonized by the Dorians in the southwestern part of Asia Minor, including the adjoining islands such as Rhodes, Cos, and Calymnos.