from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient region of southeast Asia Minor along the Mediterranean Sea south of the Taurus Mountains. The area was conquered by Alexander the Great and later became part of the Roman Empire. It was the site of an independent Armenian state from 1080 to 1375.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. an ancient region of south-eastern Asia Minor, famed for cilice — haircloth made from the hair of Cilician goats
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of cilicium.
"Syria" in the order of words before "Cilicia," is due to Antioch being
He therefore went to Tarshish, to Tarsus in Cilicia (so some), probably because he had friends and relations there, with whom he hoped for some time to sojourn.
Mopsuestia and Tarsus, in Cilicia, first exercised the skill and perseverance of their troops, on whom, at this moment, I shall not hesitate to bestow the name of Romans.
Theodore, a monk of Tarsus in Cilicia, had been named to the primacy of Britain by Pope Vitalian, (A.D. 688; see Baronius and Pagi,) whose esteem for his learning and piety was tainted by some distrust of his national character — ne quid contrarium veritati fidei, Graecorum more, in ecclesiam cui praeesset introduceret.
39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
Note that this may even include the area known as Cilicia, a separate but ethnically connected entity bordering the Mediterranean Sea that dates back to the Kingdom of Cilician Armenia in the early part of the second Millenium.
George, 119 from his parents or his education, surnamed the Cappadocian, was born at Epiphania in Cilicia, in a fuller’s shop.
Bertinian. apud Pagi, tom.iii. p. 720.)] 94 Abulpharagius (Dynast.p. 167, 168) relates one of these singular transactions on the bridge of the River Lamus in Cilicia, the limit of the two empires, and one day’s journey westward of Tarsus, (D’Anville,
She came from the Trojan area known as Cilicia in Thebes, and her father was the local king, Eetion, admired by most, respected by all.
Within a century, the heirs of Roupen were further rewarded by the grant of a kingdom known as Cilicia or Lesser Armenia, to be held as a vassal government of the Holy See and of Germany.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.