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Amphipolis
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A city of Macedonia near the Aegean coast. Paul and Silas passed through it briefly on their way from Philippi to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1).Amphipolis was located about three miles from the mouth of the Strymon River, on its east bank. The ancient city was atop a terraced hill, with the river to the north, west, and south. It was protected on the east by a wall (Thucydides, Hist. 4.102).It was at first called Ennea Hodoi, “Nine Ways.” This name suggests its importance both strategically and commercially. It guarded the main route from Thrace into Macedonia and later became an important station on the Egnatian Way (Via Egnatia). This was the great Roman road from Dyrrhachium on the Adriatic to the Hebrus. Paul took this road when passing through Amphipolis.The Athenians attempted to colonize it in 465–464 bc, but were not initially successful. Their general, Hagnon, succeeded in 436 bc. The population was then composed of a mix of the original inhabitants and Athenian colonists, but the Athenians were too few for the town to be very loyal to Athens. In 424 bc it fell to the Spartan leader Brasidas. Philip of Macedon conquered it in 357 bc.When the Romans divided Macedonia after the battle of Pydna (168 bc), Amphipolis was granted the status of a free city and became the capital of Macedonia Prima.Lazarus Wentz
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis
Amphipolis (Ἀμφίπολις, Amphipolis, “around the city”). A city of Macedonia near the Aegean coast. Paul and Silas passed through it briefly on their way from Philippi to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1).Amphipolis was located about three miles from the mouth of the Strymon River, on its east bank. The ancient
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis (Place)
AMPHIPOLIS (PLACE) [Gk Amphipolis (Ἀμφιπολις)]. An ancient city of Macedonia located on a terraced hill on the E bank of the Strymon River just S of Lake Cercinitis and about 4 km N of the estuary of the river and the harbor city of Eion. On his second missionary journey, Paul with Silas passed through
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amphipolis
Amphipolis. City in ancient Greece, once the home of the Thracian Edoni tribe. Amphipolis occupied a strategic location in a fertile area on the eastern bank of the Strymon River. Its name (“around city”) may refer to its being surrounded on three sides by the river. Located about 30 miles from Philippi,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Amphipolis
Amphipolis am-fì-pə-lis [GK. Amphípolis—‘around the city’]. An ancient city of Macedonia situated on a terraced hill on the east bank of the river Strymon, which curved about the north, west, and south sides of the city. The river drained Lake Cercinitus near the city and then flowed into the sea
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis
AMPHIPOLIS City in ancient Greece, once the home of the Thracian Edoni tribe. Amphipolis occupied a strategic location in a fertile area on the eastern bank of the Strymon River. Its name (“around city”) may refer to its being surrounded on three sides by the river. Located about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Amphipolis
Amphipolis (am-fip´uh-lis; Gk., “double city”), a city situated inland above the Gulf of Strymon in northeastern Macedonia. The Strymon River, which formed a loop around part of the city, seems to have been the source of its name (“double city”). In the first century ce, Amphipolis was a military post
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Amphipolis
AMPHIPOLIS. Mentioned once in the NT (Acts 17:1). This city was visited by Paul on his second missionary journey. It was called Amphipolis (“surrounded city”) because the site on which it was located was enclosed on three sides by the Strymon River which curved around it, the E side being open. According
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Amphipolis
AMPHIPOLIS. An important strategic and commercial centre at the N of the Aegean, situated on the river Strymon (Struma) about 5 km inland from the seaport Eion. Prized by the Athenians and Macedonians as the key both to the gold, silver and timber of Mt Pangaeus and also to the control of the Dardanelles,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Amphipolis
Amphipolis (Gk. Amphɩ́polis)A Macedonian city on the North Aegean coast, ca. 4–5 km. (2.5–3 mi.) inland from the port city of Eion and ca. 50 km. (31 mi.) WSW from Philippi along the Via Egnatia. It takes its name (“around-city”) from the Strymon River, which curved around the terraced city on three
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis
Amphipolis [ăm fĭpˊə lĭs] (Gk. Amphipolis “around the city”). A city in Macedonia located near the mouth of the river Strymon. It was an important station along the Via Egnatia, which ran along Macedonia’s southern coast from Thrace. Colonized by the Athenians in 437 B.C., it surrendered to the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis
AMPHIPOLIS A Macedonian city on the Gulf of Strimon on the Aegean coast, east of Thessalonica and the port of Eion. In Roman times the city served as the capital of Macedonia Prima. Paul and Silas passed through Amphipolis during the second missionary journey (Acts 17:1).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Amphipolis
Amphip´olis (a city surrounded by the sea), a city of Macedonia, through which Paul and Silas passed on their way from Philippi to Thessalonica. Acts 17:1. It was distant 33 Roman miles from Philippi, to the southwest, and about three miles from the sea. Its site is now occupied by a village called Neokhorio;