Abila Lysaniou

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Abila Lysaniou or Abila Lysaniae or Abila was an ancient city, on the Abana River and capital of ancient Abilene, Coele-Syria. The site is currently that of the village Suk Wadi Barada (called Abil-es-Suk by early Arab geographers), circa 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Damascus, Syria. It has also been identified as the village of Abil just south of Homs in central Syria. The city's surname is derived from Lysanias, a governor of the region.

The site contains ruins of a temple, aqueducts, and other remains, and inscriptions, on the banks of the river.[1] Though the names Abel and Abila differ in derivation and in meaning, their similarity has given rise to the tradition that this was the place of Abel's burial.[1] The city is mentioned in the New Testament (Luke 3:1). According to Josephus, Abilene was a separate Iturean kingdom till A.D. 37, when it was granted by Caligula to Agrippa I; in 52 Claudius granted it to Agrippa II.[1]

The city remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, Abilenus Lysaniae; the current bishop is Georges Kahhalé Zouhaïraty (since 1995). [1]

Abila is also written as "Abilant" [2] or "Abelant," and in those forms appears as a castle or city, a character from that place (a princess, king, sultan, as in Rouge-Lion d'Abilant) or even a Saracen's formal name, in The Jerusalem Continuations: The London and Turin Redactions of the Old French Crusade cycle, Simon de Puille: Chanson de geste, Karlamagnús saga: The Saga of Charlemagne and His Heroes, and Gloriant.

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  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Abila". Encyclopædia Britannica 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 62. 
  2. ^ Toynbee, Paget Jackson (ed). Specimens of Old French: (IX-XV centuries). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892.

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Coordinates: 33°37′36″N 36°06′21″E / 33.62667°N 36.10583°E / 33.62667; 36.10583