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A city in Crete, one of several to which the Roman consul Lucius wrote a letter of protection for the Jews (1 Macc 15:23).
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GORTYNA (PLACE) [Gk Gortynas (Γορτυνας)]. Second most powerful city in Crete during the Hellenistic period, located near the sea on the river Letheus in south-central Crete (1 Macc 15:23). Gortyna was an ancient city and, according to Homer, was famous for its walls (Il. 2.645). Strabo notes that it
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Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GORTYNA A city of Crete mentioned in 1 Maccabees 15:23 in the list of places to which the Romans sent letters instructing the kings and countries that they should do the Jews no harm (1 Macc 15:19). In classical times it allied with Knossos to control Crete, but it was soon fighting its partner. Under
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The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Gortyna gor-ti’nuh (Γόρτυνα). Also Gortyn. A city of south-central Crete in the plain of Messara, on the River Lethaeus, about 10 mi. from the sea. Next to Knossos, Gortyna was the most powerful city on the island. According to Plato, it was founded by a colony from Gortyn in Arcadia (Laws 4). In classical
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Gortyn(modern Mitropolis). Capital of Roman Crete, also an early Christian archepiscopal see (see map 14, L2). The site has two basilicas (late 5th to early 6th c.) and some other remains not yet excavated, a triconch without parallels elsewhere (fig. 1), and the famous church of St. Titus, which is
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GORTYNA gor-ti´nuh [Γόρτυνα Gortyna]. A city located in south-central Crete on the Letheus River and listed as one of the locations to which the Roman consul Lucius sent copies of a letter in support of the Jews and their high priest Simon (1 Macc 15:23). Among Cretan cities, it was second in significance