The Ancient Name of Edessa

  title={The Ancient Name of Edessa},
  author={A. Harrak},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={209 - 214}
  • A. Harrak
  • Published 1992
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
EDESSA,l modern Urfa in southeastern Turkey, is mentioned in various Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic sources.2 These describe the city as a Hellenistic stronghold, the first Christian kingdom, and the cradle of Syriac literature. They also indicate the significant role it once played as a buffer city between the Roman and the Parthian Empires and later between the Arabs and the Crusaders. Unfortunately, these sources offer little information about the pre-Seleucid history of Edessa. No… Expand
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