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

  • An ancient Greek city of southern Italy near the Gulf of Taranto. In 280 B.C. it was the site of one of Pyrrhus's victories over the Romans.

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  • Megabyzus took Perinthos (afterwards called Heraclea) and conquered Thrace.

    The Birds

  • The settlement effected, they fortified anew the city, now called Heraclea, distant about four miles and a half from Thermopylae and two miles and a quarter from the sea, and commenced building docks, closing the side towards Thermopylae just by the pass itself, in order that they might be easily defended.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • 6 They established and fortified the city, now called Heraclea, on a new site, about four miles and a half from Thermopylae and two miles and a quarter from the sea; and commenced building docks, closing the side toward Thermopylae just by the pass itself, in order that they might be easily defended.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • In the fourth century B.C., Greek solider and author Xenophon wrote that an oar-powered Athenian warship, a trireme, could row from Byzantium to Heraclea -- 236 kilometers away -- in a day.

    Peter McAllister: Manthropology: The Science Of The Inadequate Modern Male

  • However, our scouts began to go on ahead until they came to Heraclea, in which town there was a very large gathering of Turks, waiting and plotting how they could harm and put to grief the knights of Christ.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » The First Crusade: A short narrative from contemporary sources

  • Crassuss Lucanian connections extended to the city of Heraclea, where his father had granted Roman citizenship to an important resident.

    The Spartacus War

  • Unlike Metapontum, Heraclea had played its cards well with Rome.

    The Spartacus War

  • Heading eastward, they then could have followed one of several routes to the Ionian Coast and the cities of Metapontum and Heraclea.

    The Spartacus War

  • About twelve miles south of Metapontum lay Heraclea, in the rich soil between the valleys of the Siris modern Sinni and Aciris rivers.

    The Spartacus War

  • But the people of Heraclea couldnt be sure that Spartacus wasnt coming and so they took precautions.

    The Spartacus War

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