A city on the northern edge of the Syrian desert.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dura-Europos (Place)
DURA-EUROPOS (PLACE). An ancient city, marked by the village of Slihiyeh in Syria, on the right (W) bank of the Euphrates River about halfway between Aleppo and Baghdad, 60 miles S of Deir ez-Zor, where the Ḫabūr River enters the Euphrates. This was the old Roman frontier post of Circesium. The place
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dura-Europos doo̅-rə-ūr-ōʹpəs. Also called Dura-Nicanoris, the village of Nicanor. An ancient Assyrian city formerly known as Ṣâliḥîyeh, it is located on the Euphrates River at the northern edge of the Syrian desert about 20 mi (32 km) NW of Mari. Its name is derived from the Assyrian dûr, “palace,”
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dura-EuroposAn ancient city located 434 km. (270 mi.) NW of Babylon where the Ḫabur River enters the Euphrates, about halfway between modern Aleppo and Baghdad. The site of the Roman frontier post Circesium, locally known in Greek as Europos from its founding during the Hellenistic rule of Seleucus
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dura-Europos (dŏorˊə ûr ōˊpəs).* A Hellenistic city at the northern edge of the Syrian desert, located on the western bank of the Euphrates river near its confluence with the Habor river, some 32 km. (20 mi.) northwest of Mari. Founded on the site of the Assyrian fortress Ṣâliḥîyeh by Seleucus
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Dura Europos
DURA EUROPOS One of the cities guarding the Syro-Mesopotamian frontier along the Euphrates, founded by Macedonian settlers in about 312 bc shortly after the conquest of Syria by Alexander the Great. The name Dura is of Semitic origin, probably meaning ‘wall’, while Europos was added by the new settlers.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Dura Europos
Dura Europos. This ancient city (the ‘Pompeii of the Syrian desert’) on the right bank of the Euphrates, half way between Aleppo and Baghdad, first attracted attention in 1920 through the accidental discovery of some paintings here by a British army officer. A preliminary survey was made by J. H. Breasted
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
Dura-Europos, Church Building of
Dura-Europos, church building of. A highly significant domus ecclesiae (“house of the church”) that is the earliest extant Christian house of worship (c. mid-third century) and the best verifiable one from before the time of Constantine (see Kraeling for in-depth description). It was a home that was
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Dura-Europos door’uh-yoor-oh’puhs. This (modern) compound name refers to an ancient Mesopotamian city, halfway between Aleppo and Baghdad; the site is the modern village of Shiliyeh in Syria, on the W bank of the Euphrates. Although the city is not mentioned in the Bible, it has been the site of significant
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Dura Europos
Dura Europos(Sāliḥīyah in Syria). Garrison and caravan city on the western bank of the Euphrates, approx. 225 km east of Palmyra (see map 16, C3). The Seleucid settlement of the site was laid out on an orthogonal grid. Many religious buildings were found at the site, including a synagogue (now in Damascus),
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Dura Europos
DURA EUROPOS. The double name of this great caravan station on the Euphrates river, while recalling its pre-Hellenistic founding (in Akkadian duru = wall), also evokes its acquisition by the Macedonian Seleucus I Nicator who, “founding” the city no later than 312 BC, gave to it the name of his native
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DURA EUROPOS door´uh-yoor-oh´puhs. The 3rd-cent. bce city of Dura Europos was a Roman military outpost and port city situated on the Euphrates River at the eastern frontier of the Roman Syria. First a Hellenistic colony, it passed from the Seleucids to the Parthians, and then to the Romans before it
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