geographical name \di-ˈka-pə-lis\

Definition of DECAPOLIS

confederation of 10 ancient cities N Palestine in region chiefly SE of Sea of Galilee

Rhymes with DECAPOLIS


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

League of 10 ancient Greek cities, including Damascus, in eastern Palestine. It was formed after the Roman conquest in 63 BC for mutual protection against their Semitic neighbors. The name also denotes the roughly contiguous territory formed by these cities, all but one of which lay east of the Jordan River. Subject to the Roman governor of Syria, the league survived until the 2nd century AD.


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