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  • An ancient Greek city of Cyrenaica. Founded c. 630 BC, it was noted as an intellectual center with distinguished schools of medicine and philosophy.

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  • proper noun An Ancient Greek colony in North Africa near the coast of Mediterranean Sea in the Cyrenaica region of present-day Libya.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Κυρήνη (Kurēnē).

Examples

  • Egyptian revolters who after Pharaoh-hophra's discomfiture in Cyrene dethroned and strangled him, having defeated him in a battle fought at

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Two inscriptions found in Cyrene, in 1823, and explained by M. Gesenius, and by M. Hamaker of Leyden, prove clearly that his doctrines had been eagerly embraced by the remains of the ancient Gnostics; and Mazdak was enrolled with Thoth,

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Out of the country into the city there came Simon from far off Cyrene, which is modern Tripoli.

    The Road to Calvary

  • Out of the country into the city there came Simon from far off Cyrene, which is modern Tripoli.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • By many commentators, Simon, being from Cyrene, which is in Africa, is supposed to have been an African of the Negro race, therefore shadowing the suffering, sorrow and heavy burdens which the race was destined to experience and bear, in part preparatory, and in part in the actual high mission, and lofty service of the

    Echoes from a pioneer life,

  • Egypt to the Euphrates (2Ki 24: 7; Jer 46: 2); also to the Egyptian disaster in Cyrene.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Waiting for him at the town was a delegation from the city of Cyrene, many days farther to the west.

    Alexander the Great

  • His ability to control millions of subjects depended on his knowledge of local events from the latest grain harvest in Cyrene to reports of tribal movements along the Danube.

    Alexander the Great

  • Aristarchus of Samos, who first theorized that the sun was the center of the solar system and the earth revolved on its own axis, was resident in the city, as was the geographer and polymath Eratosthenes of Cyrene, who calculated the circumference of the earth with great accuracy.

    Alexander the Great

  • Cyrene was the major Greek settlement in Africa, founded as a colony from the volcanic island of Thera three hundred years earlier.

    Alexander the Great

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