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Tarsus



Introduction of Tarsus
City in IР·el province, Cilicia, on the Tarsus River, 23mi W of Adana, S Turkey. Inhabited since Neolithictimes, it was the capital of Cilicia and one of AsiaMinor's most important cities, strategically situatedat the southern end of the Cilician Gates. It flourishedgreatly under Roman rule and in 41 b.c. was the siteof the first meeting of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Itwas the birthplace of St. Paul. Razed by the Arabs c.a.d. 660, it was recaptured by the Byzantine Empireand the crusaders and was part of Cilician Armeniain the 13th and 14th centuries. It fell to the OttomanEmpire in 1515. Extensive remains of the ancient citycan be seen today.City in IР·el province, Cilicia, on the Tarsus River, 23mi W of Adana, S Turkey. Inhabited since Neolithictimes, it was the capital of Cilicia and one of AsiaMinor's most important cities, strategically situatedat the southern end of the Cilician Gates. It flourishedgreatly under Roman rule and in 41 b.c. was the siteof the first meeting of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Itwas the birthplace of St. Paul. Razed by the Arabs c.a.d. 660, it was recaptured by the Byzantine Empireand the crusaders and was part of Cilician Armeniain the 13th and 14th centuries. It fell to the OttomanEmpire in 1515. Extensive remains of the ancient citycan be seen today.

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