Derbe was a city in the Roman province of Lycaonia in Asia Minor. It is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, 14:6.
Location [ edit ]
In 1956, on the basis of an inscription, Michael Ballance fixed the site of Derbe at a mound known as Kerti Hüyük, some 22 kilometres (14 mi) north-northeast of
Karaman (ancient Laranda) in Turkey. Although subject to controversy, this is considered the most likely site. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
History [ edit ]
Antipater of Derbe, a friend of Cicero, was ruler of Derbe, but was killed by [4 ] Amyntas of Galatia, who added Derbe to his possessions. [5 ] [6 ]
In Roman times it struck its own coins, of which a few are extant.
It was successfully evangelized by
St. Paul and St. Barnabas, and again visited by St. Paul. [8 ] [9 ]
Derbe became a
suffragan see of Iconium. It is not mentioned by later . Just four bishops are known, from 381 to 672. Notitiae Episcopatuum [10 ]
Derbe is included in the
Catholic Church's list of titular sees. [11 ]
References [ edit ]
^ ; Geoffrey William Bromiley, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: A-D (1994), p. 924-5.
^ Bastian Van Elderen, . Some Archaeological Observations on Paul’s First Missionary Journey, 157-159
^ Steve Singleton, . Derbe Satellite View
^ Cicero, Ad Familiares, xiii. 73
^ Strabo, XII,i, 4; vi, 3
^ Dio Cassius, XLIX, xxxii)
^ William Ramsay, . Cities of St. Paul, 385-404
^ Acts 14:6-21
^ Acts 16:1
^ "Derbe". Catholic Encyclopedia . Retrieved 2007-02-17.
^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 880
Coordinates: 37°26′20″N 33°09′50″E / 37.4388888889°N 33.1638888889°E