(Ζέλεια) is the name of an ancient town or city, according to the Iliad
, which was allied to Troy
. It appears to have been located in the Troad
and to have been inhabited by Trojans
. Says Homer
: "They who lived in Zeleia below the foot of Mount Ida, who drank the dark water of Aesepus, Trojans." (Iliad 2.824). Zeleia led a force of warriors to aid Troy during the Trojan War
, led by Pandarus
, son of Lycaon
. It is later related that the people of Zeleia are 'Lycians', although the Zeleians are distinct from the Lycians who come from Lycia in southwestern Asia Minor, led by Sarpedon
. The connection between the 'Lycians' of Zeleia and these Lycians is unclear - if there us any connection at all.
Arrian, in Anabasis, mentiones that prior to the battle of Granicus, the persian satraps held a council at Zeleia where they discussed how best to confront Alexander the Great.