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I. Geography

Greek Συρία/Syría is an abbreviated form of ’Ασσυρία/Assyría (“Assyria”); Greek and Latin manuscripts often use the two terms indiscriminately. Initially Syría, corresponding to the Persian satrapy of ʿEbar-naharā, denoted the region between Egypt and Asia Minor, including the area east of the Euphrates, which was called Mesopotamia after Alexander’s campaign. After the time of the Seleuci…

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Schwemer, Daniel, Feldtkeller, Andreas, Fitschen, Klaus, Tamcke, Martin, Kaufhold, Hubert, Pahlitzsch, Johannes and Brock, Sebastian P., “Syria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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