from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of Mesopotamia on the site of present-day Urfa in southeast Turkey. A major Christian center after the third century A.D., it was conquered by the Arabs in 639 and was captured by Crusaders in 1097.

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  • proper n. A city in Greece, capital in Pella Prefecture, in periphery of Central Macedonia.
  • proper n. Ancient city in northwestern Mesopotamia, the capital of Osroene, on the site of modern Şanlıurfa in Turkey. Also known as Urfa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of pentatomid bugs, typical of a subfamily Edessinæ.


From Ancient Greek Ἔδεσσα (Edessa). (Wiktionary)


  • St. Ephrem took refuge in Edessa where he lived until his death in 373, porbably on June 9th (although alternative dates have been recorded, including June 18th).

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  • Edessa is best represented by Fulcherius Carnotensis, or of

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  • He fought against the heresies of Marcion, Arius and others and most of his works were written during his time in Edessa.

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  • By the time Europeans had settled in places like Antioch, Edessa and Jerusalem, they were essentially petty warlords on the fringes of what was a frontier society, contested by Sunni Muslims from Baghdad, Shi'i Muslims from Cairo and Greek Christians from Constantinople, among others.

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  • In the ensuing years, Edessa became a prominent and economically successful city.

    Turkish Delights

  • Edessa was founded in 303 or 302 B.C. and named after the old capital of Macedonia.

    Turkish Delights

  • Edessa was originally a Greek city and even after its people were converted to Christianity, imagery from classical mythology, including depictions of Amazons, remained popular.

    Turkish Delights

  • The Turkish city of Şanliurfa (ancient Edessa) is surrounded by desert bounded by the Taurus Mountains to the north, the Euphrates River to the east, and Syria to the south.

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  • There is a legend involving the Image of Edessa, named after the ancient Turkish city of Edessa, which is modern-day Urfa.

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  • The man in the Shroud, the Cloth of Edessa, and the various images we have of the Mandylion in Greek Orthodox churches look a lot alike.

    The Shroud Codex


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